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Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and six wonderful grandsons and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends!

Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home.  With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters.

They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible.

Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has also participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference.

Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.
GO UTES!
                            Abandoned (Book VI The Beckett Series)

The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.

Wanting more than being a Beckett, Glenna moves to California, opens a successful vintage shop and even finds love with international playboy, Lance Gordon. When he proposes, she ignores any doubts she has and says yes. He even agrees to meet her in Brooklyn N.Y for a wedding with the entire Beckett clan. Imagine her worry when he misses the nuptials. Refusing to believe she’s been abandoned at the altar, she asks her FBI Agent brother, Tyler, to contact a friend on the West Coast to find Lance.

Special Agent, Patrick McGinnis, can’t believe he’s on a wild goose chase for a missing groom. The bride might be drop dead gorgeous, but that didn’t mean her playboy fiancé couldn’t have found something more enticing.

Unfortunately, once Patrick starts to dig, he finds there’s more to the tale and it will take all his skills as an agent to keep Glenna safe. Especially when the case takes a turn and threatens the safety of his son, Finn.

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Goodreads Reviewer:
5 Stars out of 5
The Beckett family is a very exciting family. I’m sure most days they wish they weren’t. Glenna Beckett gets played by a man who said he was in love with her and wanted to marry her. Don’t fear though because Glenna’s a Beckett she has plenty of family members who always have her back and will do anything for her. They are always willing to get into harms way for each other.

Amazon Reviewer:
5 Stars out of 5
Don't mess with a Beckett. Glenna is having a bad time. It only gets worse when she gets home. When trouble comes she calls her brother Tyler. Who calls his friend Patrick to help. From there everything goes haywire. A murder, vandalism, a beat down, and a cat & dog that hiss and bark at each, then become friends. Along the way, Glenna and Patrick fall in love. Finnegan will steal your heart.

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