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Saturday, July 25, 2015

#SaturdaySpotlight: DISGUISED BLESSINGS by Mary Manners!

Good Morning Friends,

Over the last few weeks you've heard about something Mary treasures and some of her thoughts on the seasons of life, and in each we mentioned her upcoming release, Disguised Blessings.

Well today we're spotlighting the novel itself!

Blessings linger at a fork in the road as the winds of change whisper…

Jaxon Briscoe has enjoyed a decade as the beloved star center of the Chicago Blackhawks. But off the ice, a string of reckless relationships has resulted in an accusation that he’'s fathered a child. As Jaxon'’s conscience is tossed into a firestorm, he learns his nephew, Grayson, has been expelled from school, and Jax is blindsided when Gray shows up on his doorstep--—for good.

Adrienne Price carries a heavy secret...pregnant at a young age, she gave up her daughter for adoption in the hopes that the child might have a better life. Now, Adrienne's vowed to help teens rise above unsavory situations. As a result of God'’s grace, her project, Second Chances Day School, has prospered beyond her wildest imagination. But when Jax'’s troubled nephew enrolls at Second Chances, Adrianne is faced with a big challenge in the form of a hockey player with a bad reputation and a lot of boyish charm.

Can Adrienne and Jax finally find real love?

Jaxon swung open French doors leading to a corner balcony and let the warmth of late spring air wash over him. Sunlight played hide and seek with a quilt of rain clouds, and he sucked in a gentle breeze laced with the sweet, musky scent of impending rain. Along the river, Bradford Pears peaked to full bloom. The pollen wreaked havoc with his allergies, but at the moment he didn’t mind. 

I’m not a father…the baby is not mine. Thanks to negative test results, he wouldn’t be bound to Shayla for the remainder of his life.

But someone would. Obviously, she’d had more than one fish in the tank, so to speak. Jaxon didn’t know why it crawled under his skin to imagine her with someone else. He certainly  had enjoyed more than his fair share of the female persuasion, never giving a second thought to the flip side of that perspective.  His encounters had always been laid back and easy…no strings attached and certainly no expectations. He wasn’t sure why, but he’d never considered the women he enjoyed might be dabbling in more than him.

But now that that gear was turning, Jaxon couldn’t shove the idea from his mind. And  suddenly the images he conjured bothered him—very much. And the oath he’d muttered in his weakest moment came back to haunt him.

I swear I’ll do anything You ask, God, if you just let this paternity test come back negative.

Surely God wouldn’t hold him to such an oath, would He? Jaxon shook off the thought as he punched a series of numbers into the phone. Calhoun’s didn’t usually deliver this time of day but he was sure they would make an exception…for him.

Disguised Blessings releases August 7th  but you can find out about Mary's many other 36 titles HERE!

Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus. She loves swimming, running, flavored coffee and Smoky Mountain sunsets.

Mary was named Author of the Year by Book and Trailer Showcase. She writes inspirational romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels—something for everyone.

Learn more about Mary Manners at her website.

Hope you enjoyed the spotlight!

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Until later...take care & God Bless!


Jacqueline Seewald said...


Thanks for introducing me to Mary. She sounds like an excellent romance writer.

Tanya Hanson said...

Hi Mary, what a great excerpt! I love how you guide the dark times of your characters' pasts into the Light. I know Jax and Adrienne will be very happy and blessed together! Hugs...

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author said...

I like that your characters have made some pretty serious mistakes. Perhaps not what one would expect in Inspirational Romance. Should make their ending all that much better for the journey! Thanks for sharing!

Zoe M. McCarthy said...

Mary, sounds like Jax has an eye-opening journey ahead of him. An interesting one to read!