Hello Newcomers! Get Into the Christmas Mood

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Hello to all my Leisure Lane visitors…I hope you’re having a pleasant day.

First I’d like to welcome my new follower.  Thank you, and I hope you enjoy what you see here.

To all newcomers to Leisure Lane, the Christmas season will be upon us soon, and I know that many of you love to begin decorating and getting into the holiday mood before December.  My novella, The Christmas Pin Society, is a wonderful way to begin your Christmas season.  It’s a heartwarming story of faith, friendship, and love.  It’s a delightful version of what a tiny mustard seed of faith can accomplish.

If you’d like to see more click on Amazon Kindle. You will find the book’s synopsis and some great customer reviews.  If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t fret, you can download a free app for your smartphones, tablets, or computers right there. And you can also give it as a gift.  It’s all there on the Amazon page.

And don’t forget to check out recent posts with excerpts from my second book, The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God, which is in progress.

Whether you’re a new visitor or a repeat visitor, I appreciate your presence.  Thank you for dropping by today.  May your day be filled with love and Light, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Thank you for dropping by today.

Chapter Twelve Completed


“You don’t have to tuck me into bed, mama. I’m not a child!” The bedspread corner slipped from Mrs. Salvatore’s hands, and she sat on the edge of the bed. “I’m sorry, mama.” Annie sat down next to her mother, and put her arm around her shoulders. Mrs. Salvatore looked sorrowfully into her daughter’s eyes. “Mama,” Annie began to cry, and Mrs. Salvatore’s own tears silently coursed down her cheeks. Her Annie’s heart was breaking and she couldn’t stop it from happening.

Excerpt from Chapter Twelve
The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God

Hello friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane…

I finished chapter twelve this evening.  Emotionally, this was a difficult chapter to write, but it was well worth it.  As you may, or may not know, this story is a reconstructed biography of my maternal great aunt.  I’m glad to be able to share these excerpts with you.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Chapter 11 Finished

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“Oh, hush, you!” censored Mrs. Salvatore with a gleam in her eyes. “You embarrass her.  Let her alone with private things.” All the women laughed. Annie, felt her cheeks warming, and lightly bit the corner of her lower lip, feeling quite like a young chick in a room full of seasoned hens.  It was the first time in a long time she felt like a child again. Her mother cupped her hands around Annie’s face and kissed her forehead with such determination that it made a smacking noise.  Annie was happy.

Excerpt from Chapter 11
The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God

Good day, friends,

I’d first like to welcome my new follower to Leisure Lane.  I hope they enjoy their time spent here.

Well, I’ve finished Chapter 11, and I’m now working on the next chapter.  I’ve decided to post excerpts as I do the chapters to help motivate me into working steadfastly in completing the book.  And it gives you something to look forward to.  It’s such a joy to work on, and I would love to spend every day, most of the day on it, but I go back to work tomorrow.  Hopefully, I’ll get some writing in before work.

Thank you for visiting today.  May your hearts be filled with joy and creative ventures, whatever they may be, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

An Afternoon of Writing


Regardless of how much she filled up the hours of the day, there was a void in her life which no activity could fill. A longing so intense within her, that she prayed every day and every night for it to be satisfied

An except from Chapter 10
The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God

Thank you for joining me today on Leisure Lane, friends.  I’m very excited because this afternoon I finished chapter 10!  Tomorrow I hope to begin the next chapter.

I hope your day was creatively happy.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Apologies to My Readers

Patience (resized).bmpGood day, friends,

Well, once again, it seems I will have to disappoint you with yet another broken promise.  I will not be able to bring you The Christmas Pin Society novella in paperback.  It was a dream of mine to see it in a real paperback form, but that will not happen by this November, and I cannot see it happening in the near future.

Over the years many fun and interesting projects I wanted so much to bring to you never came to fruition – some of the Knittington Fairy cards, the delightful Christmas story The Empty Little Stocking, and the Penelope Pumpershcnook children’s books,  just to name a few.  And now The Christmas Pin Society in paperback form.  Either an extreme lack of funds or exhaustion from the job, or both, has kept me from fulfilling my promises and bringing my dreams to fruition; not to mention my very minimal computer skills.

I know it seems that you cannot take me at my word, and I am very sorry for that.  In all honesty, I wish I could accomplish all I intend, but at this time, it’s not possible for me.  The hardest part is not having an answer for my dilemmas.  Money may not make you happy, but, as Proverbs 10:5 says, “[It] answers all things.”

So, that being said, I have decided to be satisfied with The Christmas Pin Society as an ebook only, on Amazon Kindle, and to concentrate on finishing The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God so that I can get that also available on Kindle, and pray that at least those efforts succeed.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  I ask for your prayers that I can maintain a faithful interior and not give up.  Even now, I must end to get ready for the job…I believe the season for this job is over, but I don’t know the next step.  So faith it must be.

God bless you all, and until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note: The above image is from the oil painting, Patience, by Marianne Coyne©.  All rights reserved.

Tag a Neighbor’s Day with Love


Hello friends and welcome to Leisure Lane!

Today I’d like to share a tag I made for my dear neighbor and friend.  She loves to can, and when I found this great vintage label, I couldn’t resist using it to tell her how much I appreciate her.  It was perfect because I got to fill in my own sentiment, and the image reminds me of her, and what she might have looked like during Victorian times.  She’s not the frilly sort, so I kept it simple.  She LOVED it!

I used a good sturdy watercolor paper for the card base, then covered it with the red gingham scrap paper lightly glued to the surface – a perfect canning theme print.  Curled up the edges of the insert image with some lightly wet fingers and added some simple decorated touches to top it off…and voila!

If you have a neighbor or friend, whose day you’d like to brighten with gratitude for them, make a nice tag.  You can make them any size, and they can hang them anywhere.

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Until next time, may happy days abound!


Welcome and Thank You!

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I’ve been taking it easy to recover from a cold, but I still hope to be able to launch “The Christmas Pin Society” in paperback form on CreateSpace Amazon before or by November.  I’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, thank you all for your patience.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  The above altered image is from “The Garden Sprites” watercolor series, by Marianne Coyne©.  All rights reserved.

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