Hello, Pink Fuzzies and visitors. Happy Thursday!

I have a new book going live! This is my third book and I'm excited! Party time! Who brought the donuts?

I can't wait to share this story with you.

My stories are about family, responsibility, and love. My heroes and protagonists are protective, devoted, and loyal to a fault.

I like to include HOT SEX! I also write southern and old fashioned. Think Love, Lust, and Southern Comfort

Edna Mae in THE GIFT came to me and made me care about her, insisting I tell her story. She is the kind of person who loves and craves love. As a child she wanted her parents' love and approval. Her parents had given up on having a child. They loved each other deeply. Then came the surprise, a change-of-life baby. If this child had been beautiful, or brilliant or talented, they would have been happy, maybe. But when Edna's mama became ill, her daddy blamed the late pregnancy. Bless her heart, Edna was plain and not special enough for the parents to have bragging material or a special child to make them look good. Her sick mama wanted all of Edna Mae's attention. She also blamed this child because her health had been good before she had a kid. Though there was no excuse for denying the little girl love and attention, her parents had their reasons and the child began to believe she owed them.

Why am I telling you this back story? More than anything else Edna wanted her parents to love her. So? Doesn't every kid want love? How much will a person give up for love? How far will a person go to get love?

Edna Mae gave everything to her parents, hoping she would finally have their appreciation and love. As a teenager she had no social life, because she looked after her sick mother and then both parents. Was she weak because she didn't get fed up and leave them when she was old enough? Was she a wounded heroine or protagonist who couldn't walk away from the hope she would finally gain love?

Can you relate to people who give up everything for a parent, or child, or even a friend? Do you know anyone who stayed in a bad relationship because she or he had been brainwashed to believe things would change? Even heard about abused people still loving their abusers?

THE GIFT excerpt

The forty-year old virgin was a virgin no more. I stretched under my covers, sore in places never used before last night.

Staring overhead, I listened to the whirling ceiling fan. No cranky voice yelled my name like a curse this morning. Never again would my father’s voice wake me with his complaining. “You move too slow, girl! Where’s my medicine? I’m hungry!” Relief outweighed regret for me.

I rubbed my face on the cool pillow and breathed in its freshly laundered scent, a hint of Fragrance Free Bounce Dryer Sheets. Memories of last night teased their way back through my drowsy thoughts. Did I actually sit in a restaurant last night, sipping a sweet, frothy drink from a delicate stemmed glass? Edna Mae Withers, plain, gawky daughter of the late Jonathan and Maggie Withers had eaten with a man.

Defiant for the first time in too many years, I’d left my house with the last of father’s mourners and headed to a mall, enjoying the forty-mile drive away from people offering their condolences. The warmth of the late March evening required only a light sweater over my brown dress. Georgia days could begin short-sleeve warm and end up jacket cool by evening.

After a free makeover at the Macy’s cosmetic counter and wearing a new blue dress, I tossed the ugly brown dress into the first trashcan I passed. With new-found courage I ventured to the nearby Ramada Inn Restaurant and Bar. The huge neon sign had drawn my attention to my growling stomach.

Inside the restaurant piano music drifted from a bar and the scents of garlic and tomatoes made me even hungrier. The music changed to something that sounded like a recording. I caught myself humming softly with the music.

For the first time in my life, a man looked at me with desire in his eyes. The delicious memory made me shiver with anticipation. Having a drink from the bar, another first, I answered the man’s smile with a shy one of my own that had come more naturally than I’d expected.

Crinkles around his gray eyes matched his crooked smile. “Waiting for someone?”

I remember fidgeting with my top button, round and smooth against my rough fingertips. Clearing my dry throat, I answered. “No, no one.”

His smile lit his face and I smiled I return. “Mind if I join you?” His deep voice vibrated through me.

When he sat, I nearly panicked. What could I talk about with this handsome stranger? What could we have in common?


On Edna Mae's 40th birthday she buried her controlling father and lost her virginity in a one-night-stand with a stranger she never expected to see again. Her life is about to change in more ways than she can possibly imagine.

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  1. Edie Ramer // November 9, 2011 at 10:55 PM  

    Mary, that's a lovely excerpt! Love the title, too. I hope you strike lightning with The Gift.

  2. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 12:08 AM  

    Edie, I owe it to you! Without your encouragement, I wouldn't have had the guts to upload books.

    From your mouth to God's ears.

  3. Sandy Elzie // November 10, 2011 at 6:12 AM  

    Mary, I love the premise of your story. Congrats on number three.

    I've known a couple women who stayed in a bad situation hoping the man of their dreams would love them (if they did EVERYTHING perfectly). Sad.
    But I just bet you have given the heroine The Gift of a HEA.

  4. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 8:28 AM  

    Thanks, Sandy. A lot of folks balked at the idea any woman could still be a virgin at 40. That made her unique character to me.

  5. Maxine Davis // November 10, 2011 at 8:37 AM  

    Congratulations on the uploading - it sounds scary!
    I can't wait to read The Gift. It sounds like one I won't be able to put down!

  6. Autumn Jordon // November 10, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

    Congrats on the new, Mary. I wish you a ton of sales--it sure sounds like a good read.

  7. Judy // November 10, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

    Nice, Mary! I love stories like these where the heroine finally comes in to her own and finds what she should have had all along. Good luck with it!!

  8. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

    Yes, Maxine, it is scary to put the book out in the world without an editor and a publisher behind me. I hope you enjoy Edna Mae's journey.

  9. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

    Thanks, Autumn. I hope the characters touch your heart and make you care.

  10. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

    Judy, I'm with you, I like to see people grow and wrongs righted. Life has left this woman behind.

  11. Mona Risk // November 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM  

    Mary, I remember the blurb of that story and can't wait to read it. I like the fact that it's different from the usual, with a special heroine and her unique motivation.

  12. Nightingale // November 10, 2011 at 2:10 PM  

    Beautiful cover, Mary. Wish you lots of sales for The Gift. Congrats on 3 books available now!

  13. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

    Thanks, Mona. Deborah Smith read this one and said she believed it needed to be published, even if I had to do it myself. She couldn't buy it for Belle Bridges. That was more than 3 years ago. I asked Deb Dixon if that was an easy let-down and she said that DS really liked the writing and the story.

  14. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM  

    Thanks, Linda. My baby girl did the cover based on my input.

  15. Barbara Monajem // November 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM  

    What a great excerpt! I like Edna Mae and can't wait to see how her life changes.

  16. Pepper Phillips // November 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

    Susan Boyle is/was a older virgin. It happens.

    Love, love, love the cover.

  17. Anonymous // November 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM  

    WoooHooooo, way to go MM! Congratulations on the new book! I love the cover.


  18. Beth Trissel // November 10, 2011 at 8:29 PM  

    Wonderful MM! I'm late to the party but excited for you. This new release sounds like another story I need to read. And I love the cover!

  19. Pamela Varnado // November 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

    Congratulations, Mary. Self-publishing three books. That's quite an accomplishment. I'm proud of you.

  20. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

    Barbara, I'm glad the excerpt got your attention. I liked her enough to write the book in spite of protests from other folks. I believed in her.

  21. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

    Donna, exactly! Edna Mae is more attractive, but she can't sing.

  22. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 9:31 PM  

    Thanks for your comment, Pepper! (I forgot.)

  23. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

    Hey, Melba! You might next!

  24. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM  

    Beth, you are never too late. I saved one cupcake for you. I hope you enjoy Edna Mae's story.

  25. Mary Marvella // November 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

    Hey, Pam! Edna Mae made me do it! No time no see.

  26. Hildie McQueen // November 10, 2011 at 11:04 PM  

    Sounds like a good book Mary -Best of Luck!! You deserve it!

  27. Mary Marvella // November 11, 2011 at 1:01 AM  

    Thanks, Hildie, I hope you are right. I'm gonna need to work harder, though.

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  29. Mary Ricksen // November 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM  

    What a wonderful story. Looking forward to it! You are one amazing author sweetie!

  30. Josie // November 11, 2011 at 5:48 PM  

    I'm so thrilled for you! I love the excerpt. The premise is excellent and I wish you many, many sales.

  31. Mary Marvella // November 11, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

    Mary R. You are so sweet to me. I hope you still feel that way about my writing after the first 100 pages of this book.

  32. Mary Marvella // November 11, 2011 at 10:39 PM  

    Joanne/Josie, my premise bothered some folks who thought no one would be able to identify with Edna Mae. I truly hope a lot of folks do understand her and love her.

  33. Mary Marvella // November 11, 2011 at 10:42 PM  

    Thanks, ladies! You all rock! I'll announce a winner Saturday.

  34. Mary Marvella // November 13, 2011 at 7:46 PM  

    Maxine is our winner!