My Latest, Voyage to my Heart, under my pen name, Marianne Dora Rose

Gladys, a petite young woman in her early twenties, with a gentle soul and a great capacity for love and understanding, and Carson, a tall, brawny, handsome, good-natured, young man, have been best-friends-forever since kindergarten. Gladys secretly carries a torch for Carson. But she believes he deserves better than her, not to mention that her head barely reaches his chest. When it seems to her that Carson is destined never to meet a woman worthy of him, she determines to find him a compatible woman to marry, fill his life with love, children, and self-fulfillment; a life mate to grow old with.

Reconnecting with Alicia, a past high school schoolmate for whom Carson once held a crush, a refined, elegant, smart, gracious, and tall girl, as lovely both inside and out, Gladys feels certain that she has found the right woman who will fill Carson’s life with love and purpose. She sets about helping the two to fall in love. But in the interim, Carson has realized he is in love with Gladys. When he attempts to confess his feelings to her, she feigns disinterest. He mistakes her reasons. Apparently, she doesn’t feel the same for him.

Because he loves her sincerely and wants only the best for her, he determines to find a man he feels is worthy of her. When Jim, a former high school classmate that Carson considers worthy of Gladys, applies for membership to his bodybuilding and weight training enterprise, Carson sets his plan into motion, arranging for Gladys to meet Jim on a blind date. What complicates this quadrangle is that unbeknown to Gladys and Carson, Alicia and Jim share a history of love lost.

Hot Off the Presses: My newest – In Quest of a Gentler Man

Paula Freda, writing as Marianne Dora Rose, presents a clean and wholesome Christian inspirational romance novella about a woman in search of a gentler man who can love her with all his heart and soul despite her flaws.

Excerpt: Leslie had long ago admitted to herself, her flaw that distanced suitors. It wasn’t her intellect or her looks. She was smart, Data Entry Supervisor at the bank that employed her, near Manhattan’s Battery Park. And she was attractive with long dark hair and matching wide, expressive eyes that she’d been told sparkled with enthusiasm whenever she took over a conversation she enjoyed. That was her flaw … not the sparkle or enthusiasm … but her taking over a conversation without meaning to be insensitive or deliberate. Her hamartia, as the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle referred to the character trait that ultimately brought about the hero’s downfall. That morning, a young couple, had finished filling out the necessary bank documents to prepare for the Finalization and Closing of their pending mortgage. Leslie watched the couple leave the bank, tired after the tedious amount of pages that had required their signatures, but with smiles on their faces evidencing their satisfaction and anticipation. She sighed, overcome and awed by the love she had glimpsed between the two. Why was it, she wondered, if the husband, crippled and hurting … what the men she’d dated would consider a major flaw … inspired such affection as shown on his wife’s face? Why was it, Leslie wondered, that her own flaw, manageable to say the least, kept her from finding a man capable of loving her with as strong a love? If such a man existed, he’d need to have a gentler soul than any of the men she’d dated.

Available at Amazon as e-book and paperback (Standard text). Large text edition coming in a couple of days, Lord willing. Also available at Smashwords. God’s Blessings to all.

I present my latest novella for hearts of all ages: Two Million Years BC (A Love Story) – an ageless contemporary love story

Paula Freda writing as Marianne Dora Rose presents a brand new
Christian Inspirational Science Fiction Fantasy Romance

Two Million Years BC
(A Love Story)

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Ever wondered if there existed a civilization akin to our own, but far advanced? What if a cataclysmic event removed all signs of this civilization? This is what four earth geologists, Professor Jack Sullivan, Danielle (Dani for short), George, and Matt, suspect as they explore a newly discovered cave in Montana and experience the adventure of a lifetime.

Available at Amazon (Kindle, Paperback Standard print and Large Text Edition) as well as Smashwords (Barnes and Noble, Apple, etc.)

Two Million Years BC (A Love Story)

Starlight’s Hearts (Henry’s story and Richard’s story) is now also available as a paperback through Smashwords and Amazon

Starlight’s Hearts (Henry’s story and Richard’s story) is now also available as a paperback and ebook through Amazon.  It is also available as an e-book through Smashwords.

Starlight’s Hearts (Henry’s story and Richard’s story) Starlight’s Hearts

Starlight’s Hearts – Henry and Richard’s Story – Paperback – (standard text)

Starlight’s Hearts – Marianne Dora Rose – Large Text Edition

My latest, for hearts of all ages.

I’ve been under the weather for the past two months.  But, thanks to the Good Lord and all the saints and angels that helped me, my latest book is finally out.  Available through Amazon and Smashwords.  Free on Smashwords.  Paperback should be available in a couple of days, Lord willing.  This one finishes the stories of the children of Mark and Cybelle (from Roses in the Dark’s The Bluejay and the Sparrow.)

My latest, Love’s Timeless Secret Revealed, is now available as an e-book and paperback on Amazon under my pen name, Marianne Dora Rose

My latest, Love’s Timeless Secret Revealed, is now available an e-book and paperback on Amazon and Smashwords, among other e-book and paperback sellers, under my pen name, Marianne Dora Rose.

Standard Paperback,  Large Text Edition, E-book

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My newest novella, a double treat, a contemporary/historical romance, Love’s Timeless Secret Revealed

Marianne Dora Rose presents two love stories entwined, one-hundred twenty-five years apart, yet linked by one thread, Love’s Timeless Secret.  Presently available at as an ebook.  Shortly to be released on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and as a paperback via Amazon. Following on The Driscoll Saga novellas, we’ve heard Driscoll’s Lady (Leatrice), Driscoll’s Daughter (Lexie), Driscoll’s younger son, Calvin, and now his elder son, Thomas, a young Montana History professor.  His story is a double treat (two romances entwined)  as he reads a diary scripted during the 1890s by a mail order bride in Butte, Montana, a mining town that grew around Silver Bow Creek Valley, a natural concave that sat high in the Rockies straddling the Continental Divide. The small town was often referred to as “the Richest Hill on Earth.” Gold, silver and copper were mined in the caves and open pits, above and below the ground, surrounding the small town.

In the present, Thomas Driscoll, elder son of Leatrice and Seth Driscoll, teaches Montana History at his local college, along with an Adult Ed course. When he suggests an optional paper on memoirs garnered from his students’ own past relatives. Janice Miller, the plainest student in his Adult Education class, prim and proper, every facial feature in its place, but no spice, bland, brings him a diary she discovered in an old trunk in her attic, scripted by her great grandmother, several times removed, Elspeth Gillian.  Elspeth is a lonely young woman, living in the 1890s, not beautiful or alluring, passed over for prettier and docile, younger ladies. Her only recourse is escape or a forced marriage of last resort, even if her escape should lead her to yet another uncertain future. She needs to be loved, not used. At a time in history when women had few rights, and even less say in their futures, Elspeth has the courage to create her own future.

As Tom reads the diary, he can’t help visualizing Janice as Elspeth as he discovers Love’s Timeless Secret.

EXCERPTS: It was difficult not to notice her. She was the plainest girl in the Adult Ed class he taught in the evening. Most of his students were past their forties, well dressed, even in casual wear, and interested in the history of the Montana country, USA. They had passed and left behind the garment fads of their youth. He doubted that Janice Ellison, who was only a few weeks younger than him, had ever succumbed to any fad. There was something about her that cried, prim and proper always.  No makeup.  Each facial feature in its proper place, but bland, no spice. She was intelligent, though, despite she’d left college after only one year. He could read the earnest interest in her eyes as she listened to him lecture on the subject closest to his heart, the history of Montana.

Elspeth’s Diary (circa 1890s):

     When my father told me he had accepted Mr. Grady’s proposal to marry me, I reasoned with myself that at my age and unattractiveness, any proposal was worth a second look. But the moment I met Mr. Grady, my heart plummeted. He was a grey-haired, dried up, stiff-nosed, and boney old man, unpalatable qualities I might have overlooked, for a kinder soul than my father’s, until he began to speak about his estate, his money, his need to sire an heir. He spoke coldly, logically, his pin nose wrinkling with distaste when I asked him a question important to me.

      “How do you feel about our good Lord and his command to be kind and charitable?” His reply sent chills up my spine. 

     “Young woman, the reason I’ve retained my wealth and my position in life, is that I see through these attempts to control my emotions, my actions and my purse strings.”

     I glanced at my father.  He nodded with approval.  A man after his own heart. “Is that what you intend teaching your offspring?” I asked Mr. Grady.

     “I will teach my son the value of monetary possessions and how to protect the estate I intend passing on to him; prepare him to avoid emotional entanglements and always use logic and reason, not transitory feelings when making decisions.”

     My impassioned refusal right to his face, shocked him. My father quickly told him, “You see my dilemma. She needs a firm hand to relieve her of impractical notions. With her looks she has nothing to offer, except her womanly duties and procreative capabilities. If you will have her, I will see to it that she accepts your proposal, willingly.”

     I gasped at the threat in his voice, understanding at last my deceased mother’s sadness during her married life. My sweet mother, warm, tenderhearted, giving.  Luckily, because I was a girl and not entitled by law to inherit, my raising had been left to my mother.  But the angels spirited her soul to heaven too soon, leaving a grieving daughter to the care of an insensitive, cold, hardened father, without other children, especially a longed-for son….

(Available as E-book and Paperback at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, etc.)









Clean, wholesome, inspirational, Christian, historical, romance, sci/fi and fantasy, nostaligic, non-fiction and fiction, contemporary, historical, East meets West, clean western romance, something for everyone, for hearts of all ages. Books (paperbacks) and E-Books available through Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, among others.