Shannon here: Marji Laine shares her grandparents’ love story. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for a copy of her latest Historical Mystery Romance, A Giant Murder. Deadline: Aug 28th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’ s Marji:
Doing the research on my new release, A GIANT MURDER, became extremely personal. Not only was I investigating people and places from my hometown of Dallas, Texas, I was studying the time and places where my grandmother grew up, where she met and married my grandfather, and where she lived her entire life.
My maternal grandmother was Bobbie Zefflah Stevenson and this is a photo of her as a teenager walking in downtown Dallas. The youngest (by several years) of twelve, she was raised as much by her older sisters, right alongside their kids, as she was by her aging mother. During the 1920s, she moved off the farm in Gatesville, Texas, to live with her sister, closest in age, Opal Boone, who had just married and moved into Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas.
Mawmaw Bobbie was a stitch. I can only imagine the fun she had being a teenager during the Roaring Twenties. She was absolutely gorgeous – Debbie Reynolds type of gorgeous. You can bet I saw her in some of the scenes of my book, particularly the flapper scenes. What I only recently learned about my grandmother was that she was married as a teenager to an abusive man. Her brother-in-law helped her file for divorce. What a heartbreaking situation.
Meanwhile, my grandfather, Lloyd “Red” Morin, was a young firefighter in Dallas with an easy-going nature and an excellent sense of humor. I don’t know where he finally got the courage to speak to my grandmother, but he’d noticed her long before he spoke to her. She was so out of his league, according to him. With a long face, large ears, and untamed auburn waves, he considered himself to have little to offer.
But he had something my grandmother so desperately needed – a kind and faithful heart that would love her until the day he died. They married at the justice of the peace with their best friends standing up for them, and then the four of them celebrated at a restaurant afterward. In the early 1930s, it was likely the best they could do, but their meager beginning left a legacy of love, two daughters, five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and fifty-six years of a happy marriage.
I dedicated this book to my grandmother. Maybe my main character, Josephine (Josie) Jacobs is a little like her, spunky and confident, even though she’d consider herself to be rather timid. Josie never looked for trouble. She minded her manners and her own business. But when a gunshot explodes on the other side of a hotel door, what can she do except report it? How could she have an inkling that she’d be the one suspected of the shooting?
A GIANT MURDER blends unexpected romance in the unique era where simplicity and modernism collided. It adds the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” and a juicy murder just for grins.
About Marji: Marji Laine is a graduated homeschooling mom of four. She shares her North Dallas home with her husband of almost thirty-five years, her twin daughters who are completing their college degrees, and a rescue pup named Rosie (or Madam Barksalot, depending on the day).
Most of Marji’s days are filled with her freelance job with Faith Driven Book Production Services or helping the authors of Write Integrity Press publish their books, but when she does have spare time, she loves game night with her family. Strategy games are her favorites, like Dominion, Scythe, Villainous, and Codenames, but she’s also always up for a game of Hand & Foot or Canasta.
She enjoys NASCAR races and football, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and old reruns of detective shows. She works with the women’s ministry at her church, teaches a women’s Bible study, and sings alto in the choir. Learn more & connect:
About the book – A Giant Murder:
An exclusive party with the socially elite of Dallas.
An elaborate venue high atop the downtown Adolphus Hotel.
A host who is one of the richest men in 1926 . . .
Also, one of the deadest.
Josephine Jacobs was just doing her job, serving the food giant everything except his eternal “parting shot.” With the Century Ballroom literally full of suspects, why has she been pinpointed for shooting TG Taggert?
And there are plenty of motives for his death:
The theft of Chef Ganderson’s “magic” beans,
TG’s tryst with and mistreatment of songstress Harper Davis,
And then there’s the thief in the family, TG’s son Jack.
With her long-time “friend,” Officer Porter O’Brien, Josie attempts to find out who really killed the giant, and clear her name.
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Question for Readers: I was floored to learn that my grandmother had gone through a divorce and two weddings before she’d reached her twentieth birthday. Maybe the change in the way women viewed themselves back in the 1920s gave her the needed courage? What is the most surprising thing you’ve ever learned about a parent, grandparent, or relative?
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