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Saturday, June 19, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Carol Raj & The Curious Prayer Life of Muriel Smith!

Good Morning Friends,

Today's guest is not new to our blog but it's been a while since Carol visited so please welcome her back with her book, The Curious Prayer Life of Muriel Smith....

One unlocked car door, one glance to the left, and suddenly impoverished retiree Muriel Smith is hurtling down the road at an alarming thirty miles per hour!

Will the teenage carjacker really shoot to kill? Muriel can't die yet. Not until she's accomplished something to make her daughter proud. Not until she's seen her great-grandchild, the unborn baby her granddaughter isn't sure she wants to keep.

It seems Muriel is running out of time. Especially if her survival depends on her driving skills!

Muriel and her carjacker find themselves on a wild adventure that has them both falling "victim" to Muriel's curious prayer life.

EXCERPT: “Clarence Hall? Mother, you’re dating Clarence Hall. The Clarence Hall?” Natalie opened another packet of sugar substitute, dumped it into her coffee mug, and stirred vigorously. Too vigorously.
Oh, my. Muriel took a sip of her coffee and leaned back in the booth. She hadn’t seen Natalie so agitated since they’d left the lawyer’s office. “Not exactly dating, Natalie. We just go out for a movie sometimes. Or coffee. Like this. He seems like a nice enough guy.”
Ax murderer. Recently released from jail. That’s what he must be. No wonder his wife died years ago. If Muriel could afford newspaper delivery, she’d know all about him. Sure it must have been on the TV news. But sometimes she went into the kitchen or the bathroom. If you missed a minute or two, you missed a whole story. Did Kevin’s parents know about Clarence’s criminal past? They seemed like such nice people. Maybe they felt he deserved a second chance. Well, it was a good thing Natalie was telling her now, because she was really starting to like him. She felt her hand shaking and put her mug down on the table so Natalie wouldn’t notice.
“Mother, honestly. You don’t know who Clarence Hall is?”

Carol Raj has been writing stories for children for many years, but her first published novel, The Curious Prayer Life of Muriel Smith, a woman’s contemporary, wasn’t published until 2019. Her second novel, a Young Adult entitled Charlotte Masterson Gets a Life, came out in 2020. After forty years in New Hampshire, Carol and her husband moved to Georgia to be near one of their three children and two of their six grandchildren. Connect with Carol through her Website, on Twitter @CarolRaj4 and on Facebook. Get a copy of The Curious Prayer Life of Muriel Smith on Amazon, B&N and Kobo!

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Until next time, take care and God bless.



Sounds like a great book--good luck with it!

D. V. Stone said...

Congratulations on your book. Best wishes.

Alina K. Field said...

Oh goodness! That excerpt really leaves us hanging. Love the title, and this sounds like a really fun read.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

This sounds like a very exciting book! Best wishes for your success.

Mary Preston said...

I think I'm going to love Muriel.