Monday, May 2, 2011

Shades of the Past by Debby Mayne

This week's featured title is:
Shades of the Past by Debby Mayne
Contemporary Romance

Mary can't escape the past.

Born out of wedlock to a former Mennonite girl, Mary Penner lived on the edge of society until the day her mother was killed in a drug bust. Sent back to her grandparents at age fourteen, she found fitting in with their simple society very difficult. As an adult now, she enjoys the security and peace her faith gives her - even if the people still hold grudges against her and whisper about the notorious shunning of her mother.

Abe Glick has been fascinated with Mary since the first day she walked into his life. Different from the rest of the girls, she captured his imagination and his heart. But capturing her heart will be a difficult task since Mary keeps it locked up tight, hidden behind walls of self-imposed guilt and pain.

When her past confronts her, will her world come tumbling down, or will she finally see herself free?

Book Excerpt

"That's a lot of bread and grease for one person at one time."

"But that's what I want." Abe challenged her with a stare down.

She finally took a step back, nodded, and jotted his order on her pad. "Then that's what you'll get, Abe Glick, along with a big spike in your blood sugar to go with your clogged arteries."

"Are you saying you're worried about my health?" He had forced himself not to show his amusement.

"No, of course not. I was just calling it to your attention, that's all. If you want to go on to an early grave, who am I to top you?"

He blew out breath. "Then what do you suggest I have?"

"It's not my place to suggest what you should have. If you want - "

"Tell you what, Mary. I'll change my order if you'll consider going out with me after work."


"Because I want to get to know you better. I like you, Mary Penner."

Key Verse

How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! - Psalm 133:1

About the Author

Debby Mayne has published more than 30 books and novellas, 400 print short stories and articles, more than 1,000 web articles, and a slew of devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writer instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past eight years, she has judged the Writers Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition. Three of Debby's romance novels are top 10 favorites with Heartsong book club and one of her books earned 4-1/2 stars and a Top Pick from from Romantic Times.

Sometimes it is hard to not hold grudges against people. What are some methods you use to avoid holding grudges?

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