Merry Mary

A young woman longing for a child stumbles upon a Christmas miracle.


Investigative journalist Scottie Darden is photographing the homeless for her Lost Souls series when she makes a discovery that could change her life forever. Under a makeshift tent in subzero temperatures in a downtown city park, she finds a woman's dead body with her infant child. Without her cell phone to call for help, Scottie makes the split-second decision to take the baby home. Her initial instinct is to provide the baby with food and shelter until her family can be located. But as her fondness for the baby grows, she finds herself facing a life on the run or worse—prison time for abduction. Curl up with Merry Mary this holiday season. A heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need.









Monroe Park, Richmond Virginia

Uploaded to Inspiration From Monroe Park7I recently spent the afternoon at Monroe Park in Richmond, Virginia, the setting for my opening scene in Merry Mary. My protagonist, investigative journalist Scottie Darden spends her spare time bringing food and supplies to the homeless people who live in Monroe Park. In exchange for her generosity, these five unusual friends permit her to take pictures of them for her Lost Souls series. I encountered a number of homeless people on my outing, normal people down on their luck. The experience reminded me of how easy things can go wrong in our lives.

I thought I'd share some of those images with you. While definitely not a snowy day, I hope the photographs will create a vision of the setting in your mind when you read the first chapter of Merry Mary.





Blog Tour


Car with christmas tree

Monday, November 2nd

The Writer's Inkwell -review Jackie’s Bookbytes -review

Tuesday, November 3rd

Writing Pearls –review Mary-andering Creatively –review/spotlight/excerpt

Wednesday, November 4th

Literary Chanteuse – Spotlight

Thursday, November 5th

The World As I See It – review Working Mommy Journal- review

Friday, November 6th

Read Your Writes Book Reviews -spotlight/excerpt I Am Indeed –excerpt/spotlight

Monday, November 9th

The Book Bag –review Priya Prithviraj– Interview

Tuesday, November 10th

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers– review Melissa Lee's Many Reads -review/guest post

Wednesday, November 11th

Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf – review

Thursday, November 12th

Reading Away The Days –review Wall-to-wall books – review

Friday, November 13th

Caffeinated Book Reviewer- review


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