Books by Marie

One Friday morning in early May, Kristie Tidwell is in her garage loading bags into her SUV for a weekend trip to Nashville when she hears her telephone ring. It’s 8:00 am and who would be calling her at 8:00 am on her landline except a telemarketer? So Kristie finishes loading her bags and walks into the house to hear the last part of a message that is being left for her by someone in her high school graduating class, informing her that it’s class reunion time. The caller subsequently gives her the reunion details and the address of a website that she can visit for additional information.

Forget that, thinks Kristie, I didn’t like those people then and I doubt I would like them now. Kristie had not been back to Wentworth High School since the day she graduated. Furthermore, she had kept up with practically no one that she went to high school with. Never-the-less, as soon as she got to work, Kristie visited the class reunion website and viewed then and now pictures of many classmates along with information and descriptions of what their lives had been like since high school days.

As much as she tried, Kristie could not get the upcoming reunion off of her mind. After about a week, she decides that it’s now or never for returning. While she could stand to shed a few pounds, Kristie’s good looks were still intact and her SUV, while not exactly new, wasn’t an embarrassment. It was settled, Kristie would attend her class reunion.

Kristie had a wonderful time at her reunion and while she tried to speak to everyone in attendance, she sat by and did most of her talking to Eric Channing who had a home in west Wentworth County. Eric was single and one of the best looking guys in the class. He played every sport and dated a pretty girl who was a year behind them.

As one might guess, Kristie and Eric started seeing each other socially. However, their relationship was far from idyllic. While Kristie, along with the rest of her classmates, had vowed to put her petty juvenile issues aside and go forward, she could not accept many of Eric’s Wentworth friends, particularly Wiley Martin, a classmate of theirs who had tormented Kristie about her weight when they were growing up.

Like most women, Kristie wanted a husband and felt that Eric would be the last chance that she would have to get married. Eric, on the other hand, had experienced problems with women and had spent much of his adult life alone and liked it.

In writing “Best and Worst,” it is my desire to take the reader through a myriad of emotions, making it difficult to choose sides. They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and both Kristie and Eric experienced difficulties that strengthened them as they journeyed through life on this earth.

Will my female readers see some of Kristie in themselves and will my male readers see some of Eric in them? I’m anxious to find out.


Sunsets is a sequel to FBAW. While everything in BFAW is believable and could easily happen, I’ve pushed the envelope a little with Sunsets. In FBAW, main character Kristie doesn’t throw hissy fits, but in Sunsets, there are nasty little scenes.

In Sunsets, Eric and Kristie continue with their lives. Eric continues his friendship with many of his high school friends, “the old gang,” while Kristie maintains friendships with a few of the members of her high school graduating class. Even though most people grow up and change, many of the members of Eric’s “old gang” continue to resent Kristie for many reasons, some dating back to their high school days.

One day in Wentworth, Eric runs into his high school sweetheart, Rita McDonald, now Fisher, a newly widowed, wealthy New York Socialite. Eric and Rita rekindle their romance and Eric now believes that Rita is the one he is destined to spend his life with.

In pursuing a career where she has the potential to become rich and famous, Kristie experiences ups and downs. One evening, while alone in New York City, she contemplates the unfathomable.

With Eric in love with Rita, and Kristie seeking her fame and fortune, is it possible that the once loving couple could possibly come together?


I have plans for a third novel, entitled “Meandering the Eastern Shore.” It is also a southern contemporary romance set in the lovely Alabama town of Fairhope.

Both books are now available for purchase from Amazon as a paperbacks and as a Kindle downloads. Hopefully both books will be available for purchase on various online retail outlets and some “brick and mortar” shops.
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“For Best and Worst” is also available in these great “brick and mortar” shops.
Little Professor Book Center in the Homewood suburb of Birmingham.
Cold Water Books in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
2nd And Charles in the Hoover suburb of Birmingham.

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