Thursday, July 16, 2015


Hello Sweeties ♡


(A.K.A Mary Ting)

MY SERENITY is now available!

by M. Clarke

AmazoniBooksGoogleB&NKobo Books

When tragedy strikes, Seth Stewart is forced to return home after the death of his beloved father. The unexpected detour forces him to oversee the family’s auto shop and restaurant business, and Seth must kiss the prestigious internship goodbye after his first year at Berkeley Business School. When he collides with his first crush after his arrival, Seth wonders what possibly could have happened to Josefina Anders.

Josefina has hidden many secrets she is too ashamed to share with anyone, especially Seth. When they cross paths again, the urge to relive their past lingers in her mind even though she knows he couldn’t accept her sketchy past. Things get even more complicated when her mother returns, as well as her overly possessive ex, who decides to crash into her fragile existence all over again.

Will Seth’s connection for Josefina be strong enough to see past her secrets, or will he realize he can’t rekindle an old flame?

EllieSewSweet's Review ♡ 

I was able to connect with this story on a personal level. As a child after my parents divorce, I was sent back and forth between parents without any prior notice. It was very difficult and very a very emotional period of my life. Like Josie, my mother suffered from mental illness, depression, and it was hard to know what mood mom would be in each day. It is wonderful that Josie had Seth as a first young love. He was so sweet and kind even though he didn't know everything Josie was going through. It tugged at my heart when she disappeared from his life so suddenly and reminded me of my first sweetheart from 2nd grade and how I cried after my mom moved us away. 
It sounds like Seth had the ideal family life growing up and I think it helped when he lost his dad. Although nothing can prepare you for losing a parent, Seth had family and good friends to be there for him and support him.
Amazingly, Josie comes back into his life and brings back feelings that he thought were gone forever. Josie has gone through her own hell with her mom and with an abusive boyfriend, but for some reason she does not share this with Seth. She seems to just want to enjoy the reserfaced feelings she has for him that she had to leave behind so long ago.
Together they have a lot to work out and figure out how to move forward from here.




Check out the soundtrack to MY SERENITY


I started writing Crossroads after my grandmother passed away.  When these characters came to life in my mind, along with the character Gamma, inspired by my grandmother, it was a way for me to heal.  I decided to start from a dream I had in high school, chapter one.  Chapter two is also based on my dream as well.  I didn’t think I would have much to write about, but when I made Claudia to be more like me, it was easy.  Her first car, her first job, her first experience at camping and her grandmother having a stroke was all part of me.  Too bad Michael wasn’t real…lol!!

Many people like Davin, which I’m really happy about because his character was inspired by my friend who passed away.  He was very likable and was a best friend to all his friends.  Patty is my friend from church.  She is exactly how I described her, social butterfly who knows everything about her friends and fashion.  I named Claudia after a student I once had many years ago.  I can still picture her face, just like an angel.  When I was much younger, I had a crush on a boy name Michael, but his character is based off my husband, protective, romantic, and silly at times.  No… he doesn’t have wings…lol!!!

Though I was busy with work, being a wife, a mother, and PTA president, I would always find time to write, even if that meant typing while I was cooking or brushing my teeth.  Crossroads was written for a fast, fun reading with likable characters.  Many have emailed me to let me know how Crossroads has helped them escaped from their everyday stress.  Also, how they’ve connected to this book because of chapter one, having a loved one passed away.

I took on a journey not knowing how rewarding it would be for me. I’ve meet so many wonderful people from all over the world through facebook, goodreads and blog sites.  I’ve made everlasting friendship where friendship knows no boundaries.  And I have to thank my grandmother who continues to watch over me from Heaven.


Join Mary’s Fan Group 

TWO $20 Gift Cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Winner's choice!

No comments: