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They say write what you know. Mary C. Findley has poured her real life into her writing -- From the cover designs inspired by her lifelong art studies to the love of pets and country life that worm their way into her historicals. The never-say-die heroes in her twenty-some fiction works are inspired by her husband, a crazy smart man with whom she co-writes science and history-based nonfiction. These works were jump-started by a deep awareness of the dangers in our future if we don't understand ideological enemies rooted in the past. She's a strong believer in helping others and also has books about publishing advice and the need to have strong standards in reading and writing.
She has traveled internationally and around the lower 48 and Canada multiple times. Anecdotes from her small town life, college experiences, European, Canadian, and south-of-the border travels, as well as adventures as shotgun rider in a tractor trailer fill her contemporary works. She has also donned the cloak of alt-Victorian adventuress as Sophronia Belle Lyon, steampunk writer with her own League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and ladies) from the great 1800s novelists. In all her works you will find faith, family, friendship and fulfilling stories. Do come have a look!
Praise for Benny and the Bank Robber: "Looked like a kids book. It really surprised me with a lot of interesting twists and being deeply spiritual."
Chasing the Texas Wind: "This story has many twists and turns throughout the plot and keeps the reader on their toes and they struggle, along with the characters, to solve the mystery of this intriguing tale."
Antidisestablishmentarianism: "This book will give you all the ammunition you need to get yourself straightened out and those you know and love. I recommend you get it and read it."
Fifty Shades of Faithful: "I liked the way the characters were not one dimensional but complicated, especially the men in the stories."
The Baron's Ring: "What I got was a story unlike any other. A story of love of family, love of community, a love of people...all intertwined with the love of God and sharing that love. I just could not put it down."
Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion: "For those who love medieval history, the Crusader period in England, all things knights and espionage, everyday estate life, and purity of period detail, you will find an absolute GEM in this story."
The Great Thirst" "Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!"
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: "Fantastic Scriptural commentary. The writing shows a deep and profound understanding of the whole counsel of God."
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on Oct. 30, 2013 :
This is the first book I have read from Mary Findley and must say it was an interesting read. Her use of the southern dialogue in her story depicting times from the civil war where to me spot on. Being born and bred in the south where we pretty much destroy the English language it made me feel more at home to me. I was not offended in any way buy the grammar used for the characters in the south. The story held my interest more and more as I continued reading. I think she was trying to make a point with the main character being deaf and I liked the hand symbols between the scenes. ”Nice touch” The only thing I didn’t like about the story that it is not finished. I was just getting to the good stuff when the book ended. So maybe this is a work in progress? In any event I did like the characters and the plot line as I read. I hope she gets this story finished so I can find out what happens next. One last note, the editing and formatting for this story was also great and it was easy to read do to this. So inclosing even though the book is not finished, I would still give it 5 stars and ask Mary to finish it when she gets time to do so.
(reviewed the day of purchase)