A special thank you to my readers

The Story Behind the Story and a special thank you to my readers:

I never intended to write a sequel to A Family Affair, let alone a series. For me, the story was done and I moved on to my next book. Readers had a different idea. I began to receive emails, Facebook comments, and blog posts, asking to know more about these characters. Did Nate and Christine marry? What about Harry and Greta? And heavens, did Gloria Blacksworth ever get her comeuppance? The correspondence from readers requesting more was heartfelt and humbling, and yet, turning a book into a series that was never intended to be one is a huge and daunting task. I wasn’t going to do it unless I could feel the passion for the continuation of that story. It was a struggle, yet it remained in the back of my mind as I wrote one book after another.

I do some of my best thinking when I’m walking my dog and during a particularly cool morning walk, I started playing around with scenarios and characters. I let my imagination go and didn’t try to shut anything down. I did the same thing the next day, and soon Lily, Nate, Christine, Harry, Gloria, Greta—the whole crew— had taken residence in my head. They wouldn’t go away and that’s when I knew I had to write about them and gave the series what I think is an appropriate name: Truth in Lies.

I have absolutely loved every part of this process and the characters have entertained me as well as broken my heart a time or two. Long before I wrote “The End”, I’d already decided what the storyline would be for A Family Affair: Summer. If you guessed Cash Casherdon and Tess Carrick, you are exactly correct. I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey and before long, we’ll take another into A Family Affair: Summer.
Thank you to all the dear readers who wrote to tell me they wanted a continuation of A Family Affair. I have indeed heard you!



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Scottie Parker

I have read both Family Affair books and enjoyed them, and look forward to the summer book. The mothers are an interesting pairing. There are definitely caretakers in this world. Thanks for the good reads!


I have just finished reading the two family affair books and really enjoyed them can’t wait for the next one Thank you


Just finished reading the sequel to Family Affair and it was delightful. A great read….more to come I hope. Thank you for your talent.


I have just read the two Family Affair books, I loved them and. Can’t wait for the next Kindel book
Thank you


I just finished reading Family Affair and I am so happy to learn its a series. Going to recommend it to everyone I know. Thank you for pursuing your passion. Cant wait to read all your work. Happy New Year Mary and Happy Three Kings Day!


I had the first family affair book in my cue to read and finally got around to it. I was hooked in the first few pages. When I finished the book and went to your page and learned you turned into a series I was ecstatic. I immediately bought the second book and read it in record time. I cant wait for the third one, the characters feel like family. You have true talent and a new follower of your books. God bless.