Monday, April 9, 2012

Weddings and Ghosts With Mary Marvella

            Thanks for inviting me to visit your blog.  I know your daughter's wedding is much on your mind. I remember the weeks and months before my daughter got married. Her daddy is a photographer.  She and I have worked with him at many weddings. She started as our "assistant" at six when our baby sitters bailed at the last minute. Since she is also a wedding photographer, so she knew exactly what she wanted and what she didn't want. Mama's help was not needed.  There were a few last minute things Mama had to do, big things I could have done earlier if she had asked for my help.

     Seven years later my friends still talk about how elegant the wedding was. Daughter traded services with her caterer and her florist.  She chose to have a Krispy Kreme donut cake instead of the traditional chocolate for her groom's cake.  Krispy Kreme is an Atlanta institution. She had a lovely buffet of hot and cold foods and a Varsity food station. The Varsity is a hotdog and hamburger joint known for onion rings, fries, and more food perfect for college students. The Atlanta location is within sight of Georgia Tech.  There were many guests dressed to the nines for her Saturday afternoon wedding and reception at the old Biltmore Hotel, very traditional.  Many folks headed to the varsity line and dined on hotdog and hamburgers (likely remembering younger days).

     What has this to do with my writing? Hmmm.  Only that I believe in fairytales and romance. I also write against trends.  My characters tell me their stories and I write them. Haunting Refrain is my version of a paranormal book.  I have no super heroes, animal shifters or kick-ass heroines. This book has no demons, aliens or angels.

I published Haunting Refrain & Forever Love after more than 20 years as a fulltime writer.  Before that I taught language arts for 15 years and helped my ex photograph weddings and sell wedding albums, fairytale love stories told in pictures.

When Sarah Overby found ghosts in her attic she hesitated to tell her best friend, William McKeown. She didn’t think he’d understand. Telling him he lived a previous life as her husband would make him think she was crazy.

William has adored Sarah forever, he just doesn’t realize this isn’t the first time he loved her. His feelings for his best friend are changing, but he doesn’t believe in ghosts, reincarnation or lasting romantic relationships.

Love, Lust, and Sweet Tea.

The warm evening was too pleasant to go inside so soon. Sarah sat on her porch, leaning against the brick support. The sky was full of stars. At least she could see them here, unlike in larger cities, like Macon. Here she absorbed their splendor.
She closed her eyes, soaking in the night sounds and scents. An image formed in her thoughts. Broad shoulders, tanned arms. Warm brandy flavored breath caressed her face as a man’s heat touched her. Firm, moist lips touched hers. Her breathing became fast and shallow. All her daydreams and fantasies became one overwhelming need as her lips responded to the kiss. Strong hands touched her cheeks, caressed her neck, then held her shoulders. His woodsy scent intoxicated her.
If this had been real, Sarah would’ve stopped the hands that moved to her waist.
Had Peter come back? He never smelled woodsy. No, she was dreaming the sexy dream. She wouldn’t open her eyes and wake up. Her phantom lover smelled like William. Her heart raced when he kissed first one cheek, then the other.
“Sarah!” His voice was low as he moaned her name over and over. “I’ve never felt this way before, Princess.” His lips were gentle when he kissed her mouth. “My Sarah.”
“William?” The dream was too real. No. A man was kissing her. “William!” Her body wanted to continue what her mind knew shouldn’t be happening.

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  1. Mary, thank you so much for being a guest on my blog today. It's so nice that there's someone out there who understands what I'm going through this week. LOL. Now I'm off to buy skittles for the gift boxes.

  2. Hi gals,

    Jeanne, hope all goes well with your preparations and, of course, your daughter's big day!

    Mary, congratulations on your book. What a beautiful cover.


    1. Thanks, Gina. I loved the image the minute I saw it. SOOOOO perfect for Sarah and William!

  3. Jeanne, I can tell you this, once the wedding takes place, everyone will remember the good stuff and smile about anything that isn't perfect.

    Thanks for letting me be here with you.

  4. Loved this post, Mary. Two daughters, two wonderful, but distinctly different weddings. I'm so grateful for the videos, because I missed stuff. You can't be everywhere.
    Yes, I do like to read stories about reincarnation and ghosts. Not sure I believe both, but makes for intriguing stories. I'm also fascinated by the idea of mental telepathy. I do believe there's more than we know of here on this earth. The cover is great, Mary.
    Jeannie, I'm with Mary. No one will be aware of or remember any snafus. And if you're doing the cake, we know that will be beautiful and yummy. Just enjoy the special time.

  5. I enjoyed your response, Marsha! I don't really believe in reincarnation, but I believe in my characters' stories.

  6. I love a good ghost story and reincarnation gets my attention everytime. Haunting Refrain is a beautiful story. I enjoyed reading it. Weddings are lovely affairs and I enjoy attending them. Love the picture of your lovely daughter MM. She looks like her Mama!

    1. What a sweet thing to say, Scarlet. I'm glad you liked Haunting Refrain.

  7. I love a good ghost story as long as I'm reading it and experiencing it! I'm a big chicken.

    And reincarnation? Yeah, I think I could make a case for why that's a real thing. :)

  8. Love the story of your daughter's wedding, the Varsity station and the Krispy Creme cake. Yummy. Intriguing blurb. I must admit I like the idea of reincarnation.

    1. Margery, the wedding was a real hit. I loved seeing folks dressed to the nines eating hotdogs.

  9. Cyndi, I believe in versions of ghosts and reincarnation. I'd like to believe in both.

  10. Haunting Refrain is a lovely book. I've read many of Mary's works and this ione had always stuck in my memory, I think because of the hero William. William is a damaged hero and needs the heroine's love and help to overcome his childhood.