I was raised in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. The great influence of the Mormon religion that is predominant in the area also shadowed my young life. I was part of a typically large Mormon brood that had descended from both sides of the family having polygamists’ roots.
I had a happy childhood, but being shy, I took comfort and refuge in reading. To escape from the hustle and bustle of life and settle down with a good book has always been a slice of heaven for me. From a young age, I’ve written small stories to amuse myself. I won an award in grade school for the best short illustrated story – “The Lonely Leaf.”
In High School, I discovered Historical Romance books, and loved the interplay between a man and a woman along with an interesting story. When I was an English major at college, I had my own love story and married a wonderful man and had two children. I put my writing on hold, changing diapers and filling bottles, but still I craved the end of the day, when I could emerge myself in romance and adventure.
I’ve recently rediscovered writing, and after many starts and revisions, wrote “Captive Heart.” I wanted to capture the interesting information and thrills of Michael Crichton’s and Dan Brown’s books with the sizzling romance and historical touches of the romance books I loved so much. Sort of a Nora Roberts type book with a fascinating thriller touch.
In my book, I wanted to steer away from the deluge of Regency and Scottish Highlander Romances, and go to a subject that was unexplored and I was familiar with. The early Mormon history I had heard so much about during my life made me uniquely qualified to research and write a Historical Romance against the backdrop of clandestine early Mormon polygamy. I think that I’ve written a totally distinctive romance that will appeal to readers who want an entertaining, thrilling, and different read.
There are two more books I have planned in the “Heart” series: the next “Hidden Heart,” and the final “Wild Heart,” that follow my “Captive Heart” heroine Maggie’s two younger sisters, Lizzie, and Katie across the plains to Utah. I am currently writing the second book, while working on publishing my first book.
I happily live and write in a beautiful small town in Southern California, with my husband, my youngest son, and a small black long-haired dachshund. My daughter has flown the nest and is in Northern California at college. I feel like my writing career is on the cusp of fruition, and I’m happy to embrace the future
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MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments
by Mary Bendis
Approx. 11,420 words.
Published on January 3, 2012 by
This book is the one-stop resource for everything one needs to know to obtain pain relief from this natural plant, easy helpful growing, buying, harvesting, storing, and preparing marijuana oil with delicious Cannabis Chocolates and delightful Dragon Teeth Mints.
Approx. 117,510 words.
Published on May 1, 2011.
In 1842 Illinois, when orphaned Maggie McGregor smacks into handsome stranger James Hansen, in a cornfield, she is more than just dizzy from the collision. His stolen kiss fills her with passion but he has a dark secret that he can't reveal which leads him to takes her captive cross-country. It is a fast paced and a uniquely different read - with spine-tingling suspense, and sizzling romance.
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