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Welcome to the Wednesday Coffee Chat!

Bring your favorite beverage and pull up a chair for our weekly book talk. This week's guest is Mary Marvella, a writer
of romantic suspense, woman's fiction, some paranormal romance, and sweet romantic comedy. She describes most of her books as hot, but today we're discussing Cheerleader Dad, which has a PG rating.

Nice to meet you, Mary. What may I get you to drink?

MARY:  I drink herbal teas cold. Sometimes I add lemons or orange slices

Ally: Cold tea coming right up with a slice of orange. While I fix our drinks, please introduce yourself to readers.


Mary has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember.  She made up stories for the other children and created the details for their “play like” or “let’s pretend” games. Sometimes the details were so real they scared Mary. Mary was born in Augusta, Georgia to two eighteen-year olds.  She taught language arts for fifteen years. Now she tutors, teaches writers, and edits. Her inner English teacher loves the editing part. Mary helped her husband photograph hundreds of weddings. Her daughter is her cover artist now.

Something unique or unusual not in your bio: "I actually love to edit. Nothing interesting. Well, maybe that I hiked into the Grand Canyon."

Mary's links:

Facebook: Author/121044561311561
Publishing Website:
Follow Mary Marvella on Twitter @mmarvellab
Amazon Author Page:

Ally:  What was the inspiration behind Cheerleader Dad?

Actually, I heard a news piece about a woman who hired someone to  kill a cheerleader because that would open a spot on the squad that had rejected her daughter.  This was a middle school squad.  I love The Parent Trap. Soooo.

Ally:  What traits make the perfect book boyfriend?

MARY:  Thoughtful, protective to a fault, funny without meaning to be and wonderful muscles. I like men who are cut!

Ally:  What made you decide to publish? How did you go about it?

MARY:  After I retired from teaching I started writing the stories my grandmama told us about her teen years. Then I started reading romances. Then I dreamed the beginning of Protective Instincts, but I called it Teacher, Teacher. After many rejections I decided to self-publish. The fabulous Deborah Smith suggested I do that for The Gift.

Ally:  What's your next project? Will it be released in 2016?

MARY:  I am working on a stripper book, The Stripper's revenge, and The Cost of Deception,  a romantic suspense.

Ally: Try your hand at these quick answer questions:
  • a. an item on your bucket list: I don't have one.  I do want to see Gilded Dragonfly Books become big!
  • b. a book you've read more than once: Gone with the Wind. I don't have time to read my to-be-read stacks.  
  • c.  last place you went shopping: Walmart
  • d. favorite clothing accessory: jewelry, necklaces and bracelets and earrings
  • e. an all-time favorite movie:  I watch anything with Reese Witherspoon. Sweet Home Alabama and Legally Blonde.  I loved Highlander the series.
Ally: Thanks for visiting, Mary. Before you go, can you tell us a little more about Cheerleader Dad?

A sweet contemporary romance reminiscent of Parent Trap movies. Single parents raising eleven year old daughters must try to resist the ploys their children use to push them together as well as the growing attraction that sparks between them.
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05/18/2016 12:59am

Thanks, Ally for inviting me! What a lovely blog!

05/18/2016 1:27am

Ally, the tea is just right!

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