Sunday, February 4, 2018

Spotlight (+ Tour GIVEAWAY): Ain't Misbehaving by Marji Laine



About the Book

Title: Ain’t Misbehaving  
Author: Marji Laine  
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Fiction  
Release Date: January 16, 2017

True, Annalee’s crime amounted to very little, but not in terms of community service hours. Her probation officer encouraged her with a promise of an easy job in an air conditioned downtown environment. She didn’t expect her role to be little better than a janitor at an after-school day care in the worst area of town. Through laughter and a few tears, Annalee finds out that some lessons are learned the hard way, and some seep into the soul unnoticed. 

Carlton Whelen hides behind the nickname of CJ so people won’t treat him like the wealthy son of the Whelen Foundation director. Working at the foundations after-school program delights him and annoys his business-oriented father. When a gorgeous prima donna is assigned to his team, he not only cringes at her mistakes, but also has to avoid the attraction that builds from the first time he sees her.

About the Author

Marji Laine has completed seventeen years of homeschooling with the surreal notion that she’ll now have time on her hands. But that’s unlikely. Her publishing company, Write Integrity Press, keeps her extremely busy. 

In her spare time, she teaches a high school and college Bible Study, leads a Sunday morning high school fellowship group, directs a children’s choir, and sings in her church’s adult choir. 

She enjoys road trips with her family and friends, photography, scrapbooking, and participating in musical theater. Her favorite past time is game night with her family and her kids’ extended collection of friends.

Guest Post from Marji Laine

AIN’T MISBEHAVING delves into the depth of life from the perspective of a shallow, sheltered woman. Annalee Chambers has been raised to pay attention to all aspects of society, particularly the appearance of success. Being cultured and socially-educated, she’s not really prepared to work in one of the poorest sections of town. And she’s really not expecting to find such joy intertwined with such poverty. 

Having my story set in my hometown has some fun aspects. I got to handpick the homes for the main characters and the locations for the after-school program. And even now when I drive past some of those places, I get all excited about the story again. 

For instance, I chose a particular building downtown to be CJ’s (the hero’s) condo. It’s in One Arts Plaza. This condo was for sale when I was writing the book so I was able to download actual pictures of the place including the view from its southeast facing patio. You’ll laugh, but I don’t drive by that building without looking up to the 18th floor and half expecting to see CJ standing there.

AIN’T MISBEHAVING goes much deeper than only the setting, though. It was written a number of years ago, so many that I barely remembered the storyline. But when I started editing, I was moved to tears again and again. These characters are so real, and I would love to meet them! 

I hope you’ll enjoy AIN’T MISBEHAVING and watch for Annalee and CJ to have an extra special cameo part in Book 2 of the Dallas Duets, PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ.

Blog Stops

Janices book reviews, January 27
Remembrancy, January 28
Mary Hake, January 28
Inklings and Notions, January 29
Texas Book-aholic, January 30
Carpe Diem, January 31
Multifarious, February 2
Daysong Reflections, February 2
Bibliophile Reviews, February 3
Power of Words, February 4 (spotlight)
A Greater Yes, February 5
Reading is my Super Power, February 5 (Interview)
margaret kazmierczak, February 6 (interview)
Simple Harvest Reads, February 7 (Guest review from Mindy Houng)
Bigreadersite, February 8
Pursuing Stacie, February 9

Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Marji is giving away a grand prize of Dallas chocolates, Texas snack box, and a packet of Bluebonnet seeds!!

Click on the image above or the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


9 comments:

  1. I am a fan of Marji Laine. I just admire her passion for her words. That is what makes her a good teacher. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. I appreciate your recommendation, Misty, and plan on reading Marji's book soon. Thank you for visiting.

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  2. This sounds like a captivating book, which I'd love to read.

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    1. I totally agree, Susie. I'm definitely interested in reading Annalee & CJ's story.

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  3. Cute title! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Cute title for what promises to be an intriguing story, Joan. So glad to see you here.

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  4. Oh I do love when a character doesn't gloat about money or his family name. Looks like a terrific read. My kids high school had mandatory community service before graduation and I believe it should be a requirement for all schools for the character building and act of charity that it is.

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