Carol Marlene Smith


Carol Marlene Smith was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on a hot August day. From an early age, writing, drawing and singing were her favourite things to do. Carol was a loner who liked to imagine her friends rather than make real ones.

Today Carol spends her time writing novels and short stories and painting animals. Some of her novels are Heart of Winter, Angel's Blessing, and Heart of the Story, all set in Nova Scotia. Carol enjoys writing poetry, romance, mystery/suspense and mainstream.

Carol lives in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is poetry but my last novel is Raging Nightmare. It is book 5 of a series and can be read as the last book of the series or the first book as you can start at either end of this series. I started the series many years ago with the first book 1964 Chasing a Dream which was at first autobiographical. However, characters have a way of developing into their own personality so although the story is still based on a lot of true facts, the novel is fictional. This book was to be a stand alone but after I was finished the main character, Marlee would not go away so I continued her story right through to book 4. In Book 5 the story goes back to the 1930s and is about Marlee's mother and father before Marlee was born.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing all my life with my first little book of poems at 11 and 3/4 years of age. After that there were songs and short stories.My first novel though was not until I was into my 50s. I was motivated because I had so much material and wanted to publish it.
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The Dream
1964: Chasing a Dream
Price: $4.00 USD.
Facing Reality
Price: $3.99 USD.
Missing Link
Price: $4.99 USD.
After Glow
Price: $4.99 USD.
Raging Nightmare
Price: $1.99 USD.
The French Quarter
Price: $0.99 USD.


Poems for Ukraine
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2022. Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry
I have put together a number of poems dedicated to the people of Ukraine. There are poems of hope. Poems of destruction. Poems of survival and many more. The people of Ukraine moved me with their resilience, fortitude, and bravery. Their courage and valor are to be commended on many fronts
Poems for Ukraine
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,320. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2022. Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
I have put together a number of poems dedicated to the people of Ukraine. There are poems of hope. Poems of destruction. Poems of survival and many more. The people of Ukraine moved me with their resilience, fortitude, and bravery. Their courage and valor are to be commended on many fronts.
The Positive Power of Writing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,640. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2022. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Composition & creative writing
This book is about writing and about life and how we respond to the world around us. Writing is power and who doesn't feel powerless at times? Write! Explore your thoughts, get them down out of your head and into everyday living. Set in almost story form, each part takes on a new perspective,.Told in a sometimes humorous style, it's entertaining and informative from beginning to end.
A Bunch of Short Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,330. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This book is dedicated to all lovers of the short story. Whether you have hours to read a whole book or are grabbing minutes to maybe just read one at a time, the stories in this book are short reads that you can come back to whenever you have the time. There are 19 short stories in this book. So, enjoy the whole bunch at a much better price than if they were purchased individually.
Rimes of an Ancient Rhymer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,320. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2022. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Rimes of an Ancient Rhymer is simply a group of poems that don’t relate. Some do but there are many different subjects. It bounces back and forth from poems about mothers and others to everyday poems and poems that are not so every day. There is no particular theme. I hope you will enjoy this book.
Old Hippie Poems
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,880. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Old Hippie Poems is my 4th volume of poems. I believe it expresses my free spirit which is very natural for me. I love nature and have been known to do things on the spur of the moment. Not always wise but adds to the vibrance of life.
By the Entrance to the Harbor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,090. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Poetry is for the heart and soul. Poetry is for everyone. It stirs emotion and feeling in our head and fine-tunes our eyes and ears to accept something out of the ordinary and interpreted only through the mind of the present reader. This book of poems is not theme oriented and tends to wander through life from everyday emotions to lost love. Let poetry float your boat!
Raging Nightmare
Series: The Dream, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 100,350. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
It's 1935 and new teacher Alice Dunbar is in her first year in a one-room school. She has given her heart to Raymond Sweet, a young fisherman. Life is turbulent in the fishing village on the shores of Northern Nova Scotia.After three children, trouble multiplies when raging storms blow up the Atlantic and threaten to change the young and once again pregnant Alice's life forever.
The Snore Score
Price: Free! Words: 770. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » General
The little forest band is desperate. They haven't had a hit in years. Things aren't going well and all the band members just keep disagreeing. How can any group even dream of putting together a new hit song, when no one gets along? After an argument about who snores the loudest, the band realizes that something magical and mystical has just happened.
A Baby Changes Everything!
Series: The Dream. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,130. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » Canada
Marlee Sweet was in a pickle. And it wouldn't be long before she'd want to be eating them! Stranded by her boyfriend, she was now faced with singing in the band by herself. The days grew weary and finally she could take no more. After travelling back to Nova Scotia to live with her sister.Marlee had to succumb to a new way of life. A baby was a big responsibility. Was she up to the task?
The Story in her Head
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,730. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(1.00 from 1 review)
Everyone wanted to know about her. The scariest thing of all was that she also wanted to know. Eve Summers was lost in her own dead mind. All she knew was the day before. Her whole life had disappeared after she woke up in a tiny cabin on a hillside. Befriended now by a kind woman, but harassed by a police chief, she also wondered about the man that had owned the cabin.
The French Quarter
Series: The Dream. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Marlee Sweet's heart is split between two lovers and it's time to make a choice. Roaming the streets of New Orleans and trying to choose which one will have her heart is a tremendous weight on her shoulders. On one particular day though she discovers something about herself that she'd thought she left behind.
After Glow
Series: The Dream, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,430. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
With Joe back in her life and her daughter and granddaughter nearby, Marlee finally feels happy again. But jealousy steps in and stirs up trouble. Joe becomes ill and Marlee feels responsible. She tries her best to carry on, but the world seems to be going on without her. Mariah and Andre are back together but Madeline is not far away. The end of a love affair and the end of a dream are near.
Angel Goes Golfing
Series: Angel, Short Story. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Angel Walker arrives home to help her Aunt May. She is scarred by a divorce with an abusive husband and skeptical about men. When she meets Jake Jordon, she wants to believe not all men are like her ex. Jake asks Angel to go golfing with him but she freezes up, remembering her ex's beratement while golfing. Can she take a chance on Jake, or will he be just like her ex, James?
The Virgin and the Vampire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,400. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Savannah Harris lives a dangerous life when she escapes from her father's mansion and walks the streets of New Orleans. But, she doesn't realize how perilous life can get until she meets Broderick Blanchard. Drawn to him like a magnet, young and innocent, she longs for adventure and love, but does she find more than she bargains for in the tall, dark vampire?
Who's Colleen Sutton?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,190. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Eve Summers is looking for her biological mother. But instead she winds up in a cabin with no memory. Things get interesting when Ted Daily, cabin owner shows up. Eve is befriended by Adele Snowdon and works in her diner. Eve is surprised to be mistaken for a ghost. Ted and the police get on her trail when crazy Octavious kidnaps her, thinking she is Colleen Sutton.
Painted Words and Music of Fire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 10, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
I have compiled 35 poems to warm your heart on a chilly day or soothe you in a moment of stress. For me, poetry is a healing experience. When one writes a poem there is a healing takes place within, and I do believe that when one reads a poem the same thing happens. Here, I have attempted to paint pictures and write music that might flow on the pages
Many Roads: Inspirational Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,000. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
At 84, hardship has fallen upon Mary Jordan but she finds a way to enjoy life again. When asked to write an inspirational article for a magazine, Jennie develops writer's block.She decides to clean her attic and finds inspiration there. Angela is diagnosed with a life threatening disease and flees town.With the help of her boss she learns that the answer is not running away from life.
Missing Link
Series: The Dream, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,700. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Marlee Morgan is finally pursuing her dreams of finding lasting love with Joe Fontaine. With two daughters now grown,Marlee strikes out on her own to find her lost love,Joe. She purchases a cottage in Mississippi,but disappointments continue to fill her life. Her time with Joe is bittersweet. Finally they share something very special, something they could not attain in the younger years.
I Betrayed My Daughter's Trust
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,810. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Susan Rolsten gets the shock of her life when her daughter brings a boyfriend home from college. Has she seen a ghost? It sure feels like it. Faced with the possibility of her daughter and Jack having a relationship, Susan must own up to the lies she's been telling Mandy since she was born. Susan realizes it's time to open Pandora's box and let the chips fall where they may.
Big Wheel Keep on Turning
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Short story. At sixteen, Sherry met local DJ, Jamie Tower. She was in seventh heaven that summer, until fall rolled around and she discovered she was pregnant. When she suggested marriage,he suggested abortion. Now, at thirty-three, Sherry worrys about her sixteen-year daughter Angela.Sherry is a lonely, single mom with many regrets.Haunted by her past, can she comes to terms with it all?
Heart Tales
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,310. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » General
Denise doesn't want children, but her husband, Ryan,does.Can they realize in time that their marriage is worth saving? Carrie Simpson is paralyzed. She realizes something about being paralyzed that she never thought of before. At forty-nine,Kathy is expecting a baby.When her husband finds out,everything changes.Can she give up the freedom and independence that she so looked forward to?
Death and Deceit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,390. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jessica Albright thinks she found love online when she meets Gary Burke, but things get weird. She meets Kent Morgan through her girlfriend, Elizabeth Barrow, and falls for him. Threatening e mail messages give Jessie reason to suspect Kent. She seeks police help from Ricardo Alvarez who has his own agenda. Kent and Liz try to save Jessie from the calculating and sick mind of Ricardo Alvarez.
My Husband Died Because of Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,610. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Kelly thought when she married Tom it was a match made in heaven, it all seemed so perfect. But it turned out to be an illusion tainted with a belief that her husband didn't love her anymore. Tom finally proved to Kelly that his love was real.But tragedy waited just around the corner, and Kelly wondered if she could ever forgive herself.
Angel's Retreat
Series: Angel, Sequel. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,890. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Angel’s beloved husband, Jake dies in a car accident. Then her Aunt May dies from a heart attack. Reeling from it all, Angel reaches out to William Canton, when she decides to turn the manor into a retreat. But can she forgive William for his part in Jake's death? And how do the daughters feel? Angel faces the loneliness of losing Jake but the excitement of a new venture.Prequel: Angel's Blessing.
Facing Reality
Series: The Dream, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,310. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » General
Marlee Sweet has travelled the south in search of love, only to find heartbreak and the end of her dream. The second book of the Dream Series takes Marlee back to Canada, where she stays awhile then heads back to the US of A. Her adventures are many and eventually she ends up back in Nova Scotia to live a peaceful, quiet existence...or so it seems, until Joe comes back in her life.
1964: Chasing a Dream
Series: The Dream, Book 1. Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 158,180. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Coming of age
Take a nostalgic ride through the sixties, with Marlee Sweet as she travels to New Orleans to see Joe. From New Orleans to Tennessee it’s a whirlwind of romance, adventure and danger. From Joe's arms to a conniving Bobby Barnes, Marlee learns the ropes of life. Each day brings new adventures and new decisions. It all comes down to choices and the ones Marlee makes change her life forever.
Love and Marriage
Price: Free! Words: 7,660. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Don and Maryann argue over something that should have been talked about before they were married. A pregnant woman daydreams about days gone by. Jeffery thinks he and Audrey have the best marriage around, but Audrey has a card to play and she plays it well. A little drama, a little humour and a bit of hostility is going on here. But the theme is forgiveness for these stories of Love and Marriage.
the BIG BUMP at Number 2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada, Fiction » Historical » General
The most severe bump in North American mining history, where 74 died and 100 survived, is a heart wrenching tale of survival and endurance. Susan’s brother and her friend’s father are miners.Both miners were to work the afternoon shift, in which the Big Bump occurred. Susan’s account of events just after the Bump gives insight into what it was like to live in a small coal mining town.
Magical Coat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,590. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A Short Story: Was it a Christmas Gift? Jean Bishop, out of work and down on her luck in New York City, finds a coat in a second hand shop. A wondrous change overtakes her, and she feels ready to begin her new life. Don Richards sees something special in Jean and hires her to work in his coffee shop. It was a magical Christmas all around as Don and Jean’s lives changed dramatically.
Smokin' in the Sixties
Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 17, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Smokin’ in the 60s was cool man. There was no hiding out behind buildings or having your evening smoke on the front porch. You could smoke wherever you wanted, whenever you wanted. It was freedom, man. This is my account of how it was back then. Enjoy!
Court of Two Sisters
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,390. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Jewell Thurston’s twin sister, Ruby tells her she is pregnant with Jewell’s boyfriend’s baby. A year later, Ruby dies in a car accident after Jewell agrees to take care of her baby. Eric Finely claims that Ruby impersonated Jewell. Rumours circulate that the car crash was no accident and Twitch Mahoney goes after Jewell. A new discovery leads Jewell to the truth about Eric, Ruby and Aster.
A Perfect Day For a Funeral
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Aretha Johnston returns to her hometown to attend her mother’s funeral. After becoming pregnant many years ago her mother had sent her away. Aretha had never seen her mother again. Now, many years later she is faced with old memories, and meeting the boy who had changed her life. She soon discovers that fate has a way of setting things right.
Breakout Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tired of living in a dull world Arlene finally discovers how to have some fun. It's not easy being repressed all the time and this party girl has so much to offer.But breaking free from another personality is sometimes difficult until you hold the key to how it's done. Once you know, then there is no turning back.
Heart of the Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,110. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Cub reporter Blaine Orson goes on her first big interview to find a body instead. RCMP constable Roy Archer falls for her innocent looking beauty but is suspicious too, since the dead man turns out to be her biological father, and she inherits his fortune. Shocked by the truth of her heritage, Blaine sets out to find the truth in a murder.
Foiled Again
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
John Lindstrom has an argument with his long time girlfriend, Marge and opts to cheat on her with a hot looking brunette. However his guilt gets the best of him when he discovers something so despicable to him that he can’t even stand to be with himself. When Marge asks for his forgiveness it is almost more than John can bear. Finally he finds a note from her that explains everything.
Cut-Off Road
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Katie makes a last minute trip to the mall for a musical birthday candle only to run into a raging blizzard. Freezing rain makes it impossible to drive, and once parked Katie finds herself entombed in her vehicle. Panic sets in at first but she can only hope that help will come along. Then something strange and miraculous happens, something that Katie cannot explain to this day.
On a Strawberry Quilt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
When she was in her twenties she was wild and radical, thinking she was the first to experience the glow of rebellion. The hot axe of youth sliced deep into her convictions. The reality of her generation, her time, moved her and the fire in her brain burned brightly. For years she looked the same but felt different. She thought she was the same. But the question remains, is Ann still a lady?
Adrift No More
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Andrea Hopkins considers herself a woman of the world...until she meets Captain John Albert Waymouth. During a freak storm at sea, Andrea discovers things about herself that she long feared admitting. Facing fear and determined to be a better person, Andrea makes the hardest choice of her survive.
Heart of Winter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,000. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Destiny draws Cajun artist Nicole Dubois from the sultry Louisiana heat into a freezing Canadian winter, where lawyer, Craig Mckeen is determined to warm things up for her. Craig’s former girlfriend, Amanda, plots to send Nicole back where she came from. Nicole must now decide who's lying about the codicil, Craig or Amanda... and what to do about fiancé, Ansel and their June wedding.
Angel's Blessing
Series: Angel, Prequel. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,300. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
It's been one year since Angel Walker divorced her intolerable husband, James, and one year since Jake Jordon lost his wife, Rosaline in a car accident. Now Angel returns to Nova Scotia to help her aunt run a Bed and Breakfast. But when Angel finally believes in Jake, she discovers she could be wrong, and Jake might be an even lower person than her ex.

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Smashwords book reviews by Carol Marlene Smith

  • A Bride for Tom on June 20, 2011

    I am enjoying this book. Tom is such a loveable character, no wonder Jessica has a soft spot for him. All the characters are truly well done. I also love the humour throughout. It's a great read so far, up there for four stars from me.
  • Sam's Dream on June 30, 2011

    I liked this little story. I think it had a good meaning, like the little engine that could. It was funny in parts, I could picture all the people flying around, acting silly yet happy. Good work.
  • My Stay In The Jerome Grand Hotel on July 25, 2011

    One thing I can say about this short story is that it kept me reading right to the end, wondering what was going to happen. I can't say that I really did understand what had happened or what was written on the locket. Sort of left me in midstream. However, except for the formatting (could have been more paragraphs) I thought this was a good story.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 09, 2011

    When I read the word formatting I thought oh oh, how difficult is this going to be. But hey, it was not difficult at all. I did my first novel and followed the guidlines which are sharp and easy to understand. After that the rest I just formatted the same way. Mine were simple text but I am sure if I should wish to do something more elaborate that the rest of the guide would lead me through that as easily as before. Thanks Mark and team, you know how to do it!
  • If I Had A Car on Aug. 11, 2011

    I really enjoyed this little story and the pictures. It is an adult dilemma but is written with humour so kids will get a kick out of it and the illustrations as well. I can see kids from two up enjoying this book. Kudos to the author. Bright and fun book.
  • A Farmer's Goodbye on Oct. 05, 2011

    From the description I eagerly looked forward to reading this short story. From the beginning I enjoyed the way it was written, the man and the old dog. I assumed I knew where the woman had gone. I felt sorry for the man. I walked with him in the fields and watched the corn grow, then I returned to the house with him. That is where things went wrong. I knew what was up and I didn’t like it, but I figured this was his way of dealing. But then I reached the end and have to say that I was disappointed because it seemed to end without being finished. It was too abrupt. So a better, more finished ending would have been what I would have hoped for so I could have left the story satisfied that he did what he needed to do. For this reason I can only give this story three stars…I would have liked to have given it more.
  • Power Failure on July 18, 2012

    I really enjoyed reading this short story. There is so much in it that is true to life. The feelings the ones on the outside get when visiting those that are inside and will never get out again. It is a short story about feelings and I applaud the author for the way she has brought it all about. Thank you.