Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mary Marvella and her THREE Christmas Tales!

Christmas Is In the Air

Matt's Christmas Angel A short story in THE ANTHOLOGY A STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Mountain-Christmas-Melba-Moon-ebook/dp/B00PL5L4SQ and a single short story  https://www.amazon.com/Matts-Christmas-Angel-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B018DZJQ2G     Heartwarming Romance 

Best friends fall in love while doing their Christmas good deeds. They've been doing their own version of the 12 days of Christmas since they were kids. Now they are adults and she's his Christmas Angel.  


Sleep captured Gwen in its gentle arms and eased her into her fondest memory. She was three years old and playing in her sandbox, the one mama said had been hers once upon a time. A child she’d never seen walked up to her sandbox and stood, staring at her.
“You Gwen?” The boy's face puckered up in a frown.
Gwen nodded slowly. “Uh huh. Who are you?”
The boy looked bigger than she was and real skinny. His glasses made him look like an owl. He carried a pail and a shovel. He had light, short hair.
“Matthew Henry Simmons,” he said. He must be serious about the long name, because he wasn’t smiling.
“This is my sandbox. Wanna play?”
“Sure.” He still didn’t smile.
 Gwen grinned when she thought about his red plastic bucket and shovel. She remembered the gentleness of five-year old Matt. He had been her playmate ever since. That Christmas he had told her about the Twelve Days of Christmas song he’d learned in kindergarten. He’d also taught her to count to one hundred.

The Christmas Promise  

The Christmas Promise is a short story about a woman whose husband was abusive. She and her college-aged kids must face their first Christmas together since she charged their father with assault and had him arrested. What will Christmas have in store for them? 

Christmas's Best Bet, Humble Pie   

When Brock, a wealthy lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, loses a bet with his partners, he must take up the challenge to get a job in a Waffle House and work there after office hours in their law firm for a month. 

He has never worked so hard or learned so much about people. During that month he learns humility and caring and paying it forward

This novella has loads of southern flavor.

I’m a story-holic.  Yep, I have loved to read since the first grade. I has been a storyteller for as long as I can remember.  The stories I made up for the other children and the details I  created the details for their “play like” or “let’s pretend” games. Sometimes the details were so real they scared me
 I taught language arts for 15 years, perfect for my BA in English.  My M.Ed in Counseling served me well during my years as a school counselor and as a teacher later.
Now I tutor, teach writers, and edit. My inner English teacher loves the editing part. My daughter doesn’t read my books (something about TMI.) I have a 43 year old daughter and I live north of Atlanta, Georgia.  I have published 6 novels, three, novellas and seven short stories.   


  1. Good morning! Thanks for inviting me,Penny!

  2. Morning all! I'm very excited to have Mary on Penny's Tales today! All the stories look great, Mary. Thanks for sharing with my readers!

  3. I love Christmas stories. I will have to take a look at these. Good luck.


  4. Lol. I love the title, The Best Christmas bet, Humble Pie. It drew me right in. Congrats on all the releases. Now to check them out.

    1. Thanks, Autumn! I hope you love the story and my 3 lawyers.

  5. WoW! I'm impressed. Super congrats on these books. Wishing you many sales.

    1. Thanks, Rita. I loved writing each story for a different reason.

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    1. I hope each will help folks get into the spirit of Christmas! Love,lessons learned and recovery at Christmas!

  7. Wonderful Mary. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. Trying to keep up with you. grin!

  9. Love Christmas stories and these are sure to be favorites! Can't wait to read them. Good luck!

  10. Thanks, everyone for your comments! Merry Christmas!