Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Writer's World by Mary Manners

My View…with Dreams and Wishes

At first glance, the view from my work window at school is pretty blah…a faded blacktopped parking lot, complete with potholes and faded lines. But, it serves an important purpose—to house the vehicles of the people who bring a heartbeat to my school—teachers, parents, staff. I am always first to work, and each day as I watch people come and go I wonder and wish for what might lie beyond this unkempt structure. I imagine green pastures splashed with breeze-kissed grass and cool, clear water. I see what can be more than what is.

This morning I was blessed when a local pastor, who is also my neighbor, drove through the early-morning sunrise and pulled into the lot just as I did. He had come to take a prayer walk through the school halls. Because I was also there early, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join him. Together, in the quiet, we strolled by each classroom, pausing long enough to offer up a heartfelt prayer. As my neighbor spoke, I couldn’t help but think about how much I am like the view from my work window—often weary and faded, riddled with dents and dings. Yet, to my Heavenly Father, I am a beautiful, green pasture—breeze-kissed by His hand and filled with the cool, clear water of His word. He sees me for what I can be more than what I am. It’s a lovely blessing, indeed.

Wisdom Tree
After the death of his parents, Jake Samuels has enough on his plate—including a fledgling church to lead and a mischievous younger brother to raise. The last thing he needs is a rambunctious woman to contend with.

Carin O'Malley is dealing with the death of her brother and a new job as an English teacher at East Ridge Middle School where Corey Samuels reigns as King of Chaos. The last thing she needs is to fall in love with a man...especially a handsome and complicated preacher like Corey’s brother Jake.

But when Corey's antics toss Carin and Jake together, the two must draw from God’s wisdom to find refuge in His perfect plan for them.

Mary Manners is an award-winning author of inspirational romance who lives in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with her husband and teen-aged daughter. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Smoky Mountain Romance Writers.

During the school year, she teaches middle-schoolers reading and Algebra. In her free time, she likes to garden, take long walks with her husband, and read romance novels in a hammock beneath century-old shade trees. Visit Mary at


  1. Welcome, Mary! Waving hi from my hotel in Barcelona. What a blessing to run into your pastor at school and be able to pray for your students and staff. And I think your view is quite inspiring. :-)

    1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Dora. I hope you are having a wonderful time in Barcelona!

  2. They say Stephen King worked in a closet under the stairs -- which seems appropriate now, considering his subject matter. Hmmm ... Anyway, I'm sure you get plenty of beautiful views from those Smoky Mountain foothills.

    What a blessing for you and those children that their classrooms are bathed in prayer! Any vista can be inspiring if you are in God's will. Thanks for sharing with us this morning.

  3. Hi Mary,

    Timely blog as I just received my copy of "Wisdom Tree" in the mail this week!

    Can't wait to read it!



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