Giving Tuesday Giveaway

Stories cover

I’ll be running this giveaway for one week, from December 2nd to December 9th, 2014. The giveaway is for one signed copy of Stories from the Other World. To enter to win, leave a comment here, or on Facebook. Bonne chance!


(Update: The giveaway is over, and the winner is…Ann Sutton! Thank you to all who entered and for all your support.)


Joyeux Anniversaire, Monsieur Proust!

Today, July 10, 2013, is the anniversary of Marcel Proust’s birthday; he would have been 142 years old, had he managed to hang on for this long. Not that he probably would have wanted to; in ill health since childhood, in pain and and frequently unable to breathe to the point where he thought he would suffocate to death, when he wrote the ending to his magnum opus, In Search of Lost Time, he told his companion Celeste, “Now I can die”.  He was only 51 when he died in 1922, but today, we will celebrate his birth and his life. Bon Anniversaire, Marcel.

Marcel Proust by Nadar

Marcel Proust by Nadar

Marcel Proust, the greatest novelist of the 20th century, was as great a reader. He read, among many others, Balzac, Ruskin, Baudelaire, Shakespeare…and his French counterpart and alter-ego, Colette. He said that reading was “…that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.” Anyone who has ever lost themselves in a book, letting pots boil over and the madeleines in the oven burn while they wander the halls of Tara or the hills and hollows of Middle Earth, only coming back to the “real” world dragged by the smell of smoke or the sirens of the fire engine, will nod their heads in agreement with Marcel. A good book speaks directly to our souls, bypassing our ears, and we listen with every part and fiber of our selves, the madeleines be damned.


Madeleines, unburnt

Parisian by Heart, my first novel, was written out of my love for Marcel and the work of his life. To honor Marcel, who features prominently in my novel, on his birthday, I have two signed copies of Parisian by Heart to give away. Just leave a comment here on this post, or like this Facebook page.  The giveaway will end at midnight on July 12, 2013.

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”     Marcel Proust

May those fully-lived days of your childhood continue throughout your life.


Thank you to everyone who participated in my anniversary contest (; for your comments on that post and your ‘likes’ on Facebook. You are all winners in my book, I wish I could give you all prizes, but alas, names must be tossed into the hat and winners chosen, so…..drum roll please!

The two winners of the two sets of postcards are: Dorothy Randall and inksterpop!

The winner of the set of postcards and the button is: David Tripp!

And the winner of the Grand Prize, the set of postcards, button and signed copy of Parisian by Heart, is: Sheila Dalton!

Congratulations to all, and please, winners, send me an email to marimann (at) cox (dot) net with your mailing address so I can send out your prizes. And Sheila, also let me know to whom you want your copy signed (to you, or to someone else, if you wish to give it as a gift).

And congratulations, Monsieur Proust, on your 100th year anniversary of Swann’s Way, and congrats to me, on my 6th year anniversary of this blog.

Now, Calm Down and Read Proust.

In Search of Lost Time for 100 Years

One hundred years ago, in 1913, the first of Marcel Proust’s seven novels that would become A La Recherche du Temps Perdu, was published. At that time, the title was translated in English as Remembrance of Things Past; now, in a better translation, it is known as In Search of Lost Time.

A La Recherche du Temps Perdu

A La Recherche du Temps Perdu

Six years ago, on February 18, 2007, I began the Madeleine Moments blog, as a way to share my love of Proust and his work, which I had just finished reading for the first time. I also created this website.

Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust

There are many events and activities going on around the world to honor the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first of In Search of Lost Time’s seven novels, entitled Swann’s Way. One of the best ways to find out about these activities is to follow this Pinterest board.

Not on Pinterest? Then here’s a couple of links to follow: The Morgan Library has an upcoming exhibition, described here- “Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is one of the most influential and ambitious literary works of all time. The Morgan celebrates the 1913 publication of the first of its seven volumes, Swann’s Way, with a fascinating selection of the author’s notebooks, preliminary drafts, galley-proofs, and other documents from the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.” (Click here for link)

Here is a great website by one of Proust’s biographers, William C. Carter:

Marcel Proust by Nadar

Marcel Proust by Nadar

Always wanted to read Proust but need a support group? Join this group on Goodreads (I belong to this group for my second reading).

Or go to Etsy and buy a Mini Marcel to watch over you while you read.

What events and activities are going on all over the world to celebrate this 6th anniversary of the Madeleine Moments blog? Glad you asked, let me go look…..well, okay, there aren’t any, so how about I have a giveaway? Prizes, anyone?

My novel featuring Marcel Proust

My novel featuring Marcel Proust

Leave a comment, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. I have two of these Year of Reading Proust buttons, and several sets of postcards featuring the first page of Time Regained (the last of the seven novels) and the final page. So here’s the prizes: two lucky winners will receive a set of the two postcards. One lucky winner will receive the set of postcards and a button. And one incredibly lucky winner will receive the set of postcards, the button and a signed copy of Parisian by Heart. You can also enter the giveaway by liking my Facebook page or leaving a comment.

What could be better than prizes? Haiku!

“Proust lures the waves, then

Sends them out again, and we

Lie, awash in words.”

Don’t forget to leave your comment, and the contest will end on February 18th, 2013, on my 6 year anniversary.

Q&A and a Giveaway

From March 30th to April 1st, 2012, the Goodreads group, Writers and Readers, is hosting an author Q&A for me – you get to ask questions, I get to answer them. Click here to sign up to participate (you must be a member of Goodreads and the Writers and Readers group to join in; see below for what to do if you are not a member and don’t want to join).

Also on Goodreads, I’m having a giveaway for two signed copies of my book- click here to sign up for your chance to win. But Mari (you say), what if I’m not a member of Goodreads?  No fear, folks. Leave your question here on this blog, or scoot over to my She Brings Me Water blog to read about my book and leave a question or comment there, OR (so many choices, yeah?) drift over to my Parisian by Heart Facebook page and like it, leave a question or comment.

Want to know more about me of my book before committing yourself? You can also set sail for Amazon to read my author page there or an excerpt of the book- click here for the book’s page or here for my author  page.

Here’s a bonus freebie: my next book is close to being finished (the writing part, anyway, then comes the editing and proofing and etc). I’m going to give you some clues and if you can correctly guess what the book is about, I’ll send you a free signed copy of Parisian by Heart now, or if you want to wait for it, a copy of the next book. Got it?  Right then, here are the clues:

1. I live on an island off the coast of North Carolina. This island, and another island farther south from here, are featured in the book.

2. The book is titled “Father We Go”.

3. The Pilgrims from England that landed up in New England were not the first folks on these shores.

That’s all you get. Tell me what my next book is about and win!  Or if you have no idea, do one of the things I mentioned above and I’ll throw your name in the hat.

The Hat