The Third Marshview Book is Out!

Cold Case, in which Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Arnold unravels the mystery of why an ordinary old man had a dead body in the freezer on his back porch, is now available on Amazon.

This one was harder to write because I kept changing my mind as to the cause of death and who the murderer was. Set in the present day in central Florida, the book teems with interesting local characters and intriguing plot twists.


Accused of Snoring?

It occurred to me to wonder if I snore. Since I’ve been using Xylimelt tablets at night, I don’t wake myself up with loud snores, but I wondered. My phone has a feature whereby it can record audio for several hours. Last night I set it to record and went to sleep. This morning I’m listening to it. After forty minutes of silence, the soft, steady snoring began.

At forty-eight minutes the subtle sound became raucous. How in the world do I sleep through that? Then silence, punctuated by a sound like a cawing crow. Gasp, cough. If I were sleeping next door to that I’d consider calling 911.


My point, if any, is that if you and your significant other ever debate whether one of you snores or not, the wonderful capacities of the modern cell phone can discover the true facts.


NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every year in November thousands of aspiring writers start writing a novel with the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month. A small portion finish a first draft, but they all start and they all learn something.

There’s no fee and no prize, just a chance to be part of a group and get your novel started. Books that started out as NaNoWriMo books include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus, and many others.

Won’t you join me?


Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on in both Kindle and paperback versions.

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Snoring Remedy

Several months ago I discovered Xylimelts tablet for dry mouth. I was waking up in the night from a sharp, pinching pain because my mouth was so dry. The Xylimelts that stick to a tooth and slowly dissolve through the night fixed that problem.

What I didn’t realize at first was that it also stopped my snoring. When I doze off without the tablets, I wake myself up snoring. With the tablets, my mouth stays closed, and if I snore, it isn’t loud enough to wake me, so I don’t know about it.

Book Fair!

Deltona Regional Library Hosts Authors Book Fair

Over fifty authors will take part in a free book fair Saturday, October 28, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona, 32725. The authors represent a wide range of genres including children’s literature, Florida and American history, mysteries, spirituality, memoirs, poetry, and health.

The public can meet the authors and buy signed books from 1 to 4 p.m. Local author Marie Brack will be there.

There is a $20 fee for the general public to attend workshops and they may pay at the door. Workshops are free for students with ID.

  • 9:30 – 10 a.m.: “Turning an Idea into a Book” with Elizabeth Vollstadt
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m.: “Media Law” with Kimberly Voss
  • 10:30 – 11 a.m.: “Don’t Get Scammed!” with Melinda Clayton
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m.: “Book Marketing Kickstart” with Rik Feeney
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: “Write Right, Right Now! An Advanced Editing Bootcamp for the Modern Author” with Liz Coursen

The book fair is sponsored by the Friends of Deltona Library. For more information, call Christy Jefferson at 386-218-4087.







Ink Removal Magic

A careless gesture left a swipe of black ballpoint ink on the front of my favorite yellow shirt. I laid the affected area across the drain of the sink and poured rubbing alcohol on it. The line immediately softened and widened. After perhaps a minute, I squirted more alcohol on it and watched the ink magically disappear.

Rinse immediately, lest the magic also remove the color from the garment.

It’s probably smart to test in a hidden area such as the inside of a hem–some clothes might lose color right away. On the other hand, if removing the ink also removes the color, you can squirt it at random and wring it out to make a sort of tie-dye pattern.




Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on in both Kindle and paperback versions.