27 reading days until Christmas and have we got a treat for you! Marianne Sciucco has a wonderful short for us today, Ino’s Love. It is a story of a mother’s uncondtional love and exemplifies I Corinthians chapter 13.
Marianne, share with us why you chose to write a Christmas story.
Christmas is a special time for me, a time to celebrate all that is good about the human heart, the human spirit. It’s all about the birth of Christ, who came to us to teach us how to be close to God and live together peacefully. But we seem to have lost our way where Christmas is concerned. For too many, December 25th is just an excuse for a commercial free-for-all. Don’t get me wrong, gifts are a wonderful thing, but sometimes we’re so wrapped up in the trimmings of the holiday we forget about the people at the center of it: our family and our loved ones. I wrote Ino’s Love to demonstrate the spirit of Christmas, of putting people first, of caring for and loving others even when they’re not family. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Ino’s Love is the perfect length to enjoy while waiting on an appointment or in the school pick up line.
Elderly Ino awaits a visit from her loving but absent son to celebrate Christmas, preparing his favorite meal in spite of her health concerns and disabilities. When he disappoints her she shares his gifts and dinner with her devoted and trustworthy home health aide Ruby. Sometimes the people who love us best are not family.
Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. Her debut novel “Blue Hydrangeas,” an Alzheimer’s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, a Library Journal Self-e Selection, a 5-star Readers Favorite, and winner of IndieReCon’s Best Indie Novel Award, 2014. She also has two short stories available on Kindle, “Ino’s Love” and “Collection.” Marianne is currently working on a YA novel, “Swim Season,” about the new girl on the team who challenges a longstanding school record, to be released in 2015. A dedicated Swim Mom for ten years, you can find her during swim season at one of many Skyline Conference swim meets cheering for her daughter and her team. A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college. She loves books, the beach, and craft beer, and especially enjoys the three of them together.
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I have a new release!
It is the final book in my Seasons of Faith series. For the entire month of November I am offering it for 99 cents.
You might want to pick up Summer Storms, book 1 of the series too. It is FREE until December 1, 2015