Friday, September 10, 2010

Mended Heart, Mary Manners

Shane Calkin is a former bad-boy-wannabe fighting to raise his spunky niece and a rambunctious puppy.

Jade McAllister nurses a wounded heart as she struggles to escape her mother’s rejection…and Shane’s.

Nine years have passed since they last saw each other, and a terrible secret looms. Will the secret destroy them, or have the years taught them how to trust…and to love?

“What are you doing here?”

Shane slid two English muffins into the toaster and pressed the lever to warm them. “Claire let me in an hour ago. She had to get to the hospital.”

Jade brushed fingers through long strands of wavy hair and tossed her head to work out the tangles. Her eyes glittered beneath sunlight that streamed through the window over the sink, and she pulled the edges of her powder-blue terrycloth robe tighter before cinching the belt. “I’m not a charity case. I don’t need a babysitter.”

He let the comment slide. “Nice slippers.”

She glanced down to see two fuzzy bunny heads staring back at her.

“Claire bought them for me--a gag gift last Christmas.” The pink of a blush crept up her neck. No matter she wasn’t wearing a lick of makeup and that her hair was matted and tangled--she still looked beautiful.”

“I made you breakfast.” He reached for the muffins as they popped from the toaster, nicely browned. He gave each a healthy slap of butter as Jade looked on. The aroma of eggs and crispy bacon filled the air.

“I’m not hungry.” Like a traitor, her stomach chose just that time to let loose a rumble that could have rivaled an earthquake.

“Your belly begs to differ. Did you eat anything at all last night?”

She crossed her arms over her stomach and ignored the question.

"Mended Heart is reminiscent of Karen Kingsbury's work...I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next book." -- Laura Maturo, Chicago, IL

"Mended Heart deals with real-life issues. You have a winner here." -- Sharon Kelly, Seymour, TN

Why Mary Wrote Mended Heart:
Mended Heart highlights the power of grace and forgiveness. No family is perfect...each has its own set of quirks, problems and hurts. I wanted to show that through God's love and grace. healing is possible and lovely.

Author Bio:
I live in the foothills of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains with my husband, Tim, our daughter Danni, and the cherished pets we’ve rescued from local animal shelters…dogs Molly and Abby and cats Lucky and Gus.

I’m active in my church, where I help cook Wednesday night meals and work with the trustees on church construction and beautification projects. I’m also active with the youth, and help raise funds for mission projects through our breakfast table.

I also teach 7th grade math and English at Seymour Middle School. I love working with teenagers, and have been blessed to know many wonderful children and parents during my 25 years of teaching.

I enjoy the outdoors and am looking forward to cooler autumn weather. I enjoy cultivating flowers, taking long walks with my wonderful husband, and reading romance books while lying in a hammock beneath our century-old shade trees.

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Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win this book, along with No Other and Daniella, also featured this week. I've changed my drawing days to Fridays, with a one week lag between features and the drawing for them. So the drawing for this week's books will be next Friday. And today I'm drawing for last week's books.


  1. Sounds wonderful, I love the excerpt! I love reunion stories, too!

  2. I love stories of redeemed rebels, please include me for Mended Hearts.

  3. You've certainly given a teaser of an excerpt. It sounds like 'my' kind of story and is going on my wish list. Thanks for talking about it.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful story!
    Good luck and God's blessings for mucho sales!


  5. Oh, I know where you live! I used to live in Dandridge! Sure do miss that beautiful part of the country.

    Best to you on this story, love the bunny slippers! LOL

  6. Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I love reunion stories, too...especially when a rebel at heart is redeemed!

    And yes, the Smoky mountains are truly beautiful scenery for romance...

  7. Hi,
    I enjoyed your interview. Your book sounds not only interesting, but also as though it deals with issues helpful to others. Best wishes for success with it. I grew up at the foothills of the Smoky mountains. It's a small world.

  8. Sounds like a great story, and I love the cover, as well. I wish you great success with your writing career!

  9. Sounds good!
    I loved the cover!

  10. Thanks, Ladies. Yes, the Smokies are gorgeous and kudos to Nicola Martinez for the beautiful cover design for Mended Heart!

  11. Great excerpt, Mary! Congrats on being published by White Rose - quite an accomplishment. I also enjoyed reading your bio and learning more about you.

  12. Thanks, Diane. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement!