My new story, Portrait In Gold, begins in modern times.  A young woman named Kate McGovern decides to read the journals left to her grandmother by a distant relative named Katherine Collins.  Kate has no idea that the information in the journals will change her life forever. 

Katherine's journal entries will carry the reader back to the mid-eighteen hundreds and into the midst of the Irish Potato Famine.  Born to a wealthy family, Katherine is forced into a loveless marriage to keep her family from the embarrassment of her indiscretions.  She must make a new life for herself  in a hostile environment.  When the famine begins to take its toll on Katherine's family, her husband makes the decision to move to America where they become part of the mass exodus to the California gold fields. 
While she is reading the journal entries, Kate begins to unravel the mystery of a missing necklace and a small painting that are Katherine's prized possessions.

As you read the story of these two women, you will no doubt find it difficult to put the book aside.  It is definitely a page turner and one that will stay with you long after you read the last page.

I hope you enjoy Portrait of Gold.

-- Marlene 

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I want to thank Davis Studio for giving me the opportunity to once again create magic in my life.  Due to their diligence and expertise, I now am back in business and plan on staying that way for some time to come.  It is never too late to start over.  Look at me, I started over by learning how to sweep at two years of age.

It was the tail end of the Great Depression when  my mother began having babies.  She had  five children in five years and five years later, I was born.  We were poor ragtag kids who had no idea about television, telephones  or inside plumbing.  All we had was a radio that picked up two stations.  Most of the houses we lived in should have had a sign on the front door that said "condemned." We moved around a lot. My father enjoyed his creature comforts, which in his case were women and booze, while we stayed home with mom.  We froze in the winter, burned up in the summer, ate lots of fatty meat fried in lard and walked a long way to school every day.  We got one pair of shoes each year.  They were brown leather, always a size too big so they would last until summer and you could go barefoot.  We played outside until dark, wore plastic bags over our shoes in the snow and in the summer we swam in the Mississippi River.  Cuts, scrapes and bruises from tin cans and glass were treated  with Mercurochrome and a pat on the head.  We had measles, mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox and we survived it all.

To this day, my imagination is my best friend and creativity is my constant source of inspiration. 

Keep in touch, check back in a couple weeks.  I will be updating this blog on a regular basis.  Oh by the way, did I mention that my siblings are way older than me?
--  Marlene

Originally from St. Louis, Marlene now calls Louisville, Kentucky home.  A wife, mother and grandmother, Marlene has a wide range of interests including wildlife rehabilitation and painting. 

To quote Marlene,  "It took me a long time to start writing, but now I never want to stop.  The stories just keep on coming. I love to create characters that come alive on the page and stay with you long after you finish the book."

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