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Mari Carr’s Top 5 Happily Ever Afters

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Even if I’d known I would lose Sunday McCormick Collins so early, I would have married that beautiful woman. What we shared is all I’ve ever wanted for my children and my grandchildren. Love isn’t about the happy ending. It’s about the happiness found each and every day you’re together. – Patrick “Pop” Collins

Padraig Collins loves his bartending job at Pat’s Pub, the Baltimore hangout owned by his equally beloved family. He’s young, carefree, filled with starry-eyed hopes and dreams for his future…which are irrevocably thrown off course when patron Mia Curtis comes into the bar, visibly upset. When she leaves in tears, Padraig follows. He hopes to give the young woman comfort and assurance. What he gets in return is a massive dose of reality.

Mia has a ticking time bomb in her head, an inoperable tumor, with a diagnosis of only six months to live. As Padraig lets her cry on his shoulder, listens to her heartbreakingly detail the things she’ll never get to

experience, he’s forced to face some hard facts about the way he’s lived his own life up to this point. Meandering through each day as if youth means immortality, and he has all the time in the world.

An evening of soul-searching leads to a life-changing decision—Padraig will help Mia accomplish everything on her bucket list. He won’t let her die with a single regret. But that goal transforms into something far deeper when Padraig falls in love with the courageous woman. His once endless future shrinks to months instead of years, accompanied by a crushing sense of desperation.

Until they realize life isn’t measured in time. It’s measured in moments…

This story will hopefully widen your definition of a traditional happy-ever-after. Not all of us get the luxury of a lifetime…but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a lifetime’s worth of love in the time we’re given.


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Evolution of a Romance Writer Through Books by Mari Carr

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As I look back at the path that led me to becoming a romance writer, I realize I was blessed with the opportunity to read some truly amazing books by talented authors who never failed to take my breath away.

My journey started way back in middle school when I read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume. I was simply scandalized by that Seven Seconds in the Closet game. My love for all things Judy Blume continued in high school when I picked up Forever. That book led to an epic argument between my mother and I as she foolishly thought she’d ask me what the moral of the story was. For those of you who haven’t read it, Forever is about a teenage girl’s first time. I said that what I’d learned was if you really love someone, it’s okay. My mother insisted I was wrong, that I’d instead learned that you should wait until after marriage. We still don’t agree! And my mom would be horrified to know that by my senior year of high school, I’d discovered Jackie Collins’ books (I snuck them away from my dad—who loved them). Lucky Santangelo—oh my!

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