Author Mara Purl Gives Gift of Holiday Story

Whose Angel Key Ring Solves a Mystery and Begins Another - a free Amazon.com download by author/actress Mara Purl (Days of Our Lives)

Los Angeles, CA (December 15, 2011) – ‘Tis the Season of Giving , so Mara Purl, leading Women’s Fiction author, wants to give her readers a gift and have them enjoy her new eBook short story, Whose Angel Key Ring . The download is free through the month of December. The story’s lead characters are familiar to the Milford Haven Novels reader. The lead hardcover of the series, What the Heart Knows , was launched in October and was favorably reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly , Kirkus Reviews and ForeWord Reviews.

Mara Purl, a performer on-camera and on-stage, was the regular character Darla Cook on Days Of Our Lives giving her a starting point for soap operas. Purl first began her writing career as a journalist for the Associated Press , Rolling Stone, Financial Times of London, Working Woman Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor .

“I love writing these short stories,” Purl said recently. “They allow for me to explore a side of my characters not always shown in the novels. This holiday story involves a lot of the emotions we all experience during this time, so it's heartfelt and touching. But, it also contains a major family secret that causes a long-awaited resolution for one of the main characters.”

Purl is on a national tour for What the Heart Knows , the first of her twelve book series based on her BBC radio drama which had 4.5 million U.K. listeners. Her publisher, Midpoint Trade, has launched Bellekeep Books as their new imprint for Women’s Fiction with Mara Purl as their flagship author.

“What I write is Women’s Fiction—a larger, more encompassing genre, which includes romance as a category, but allows for a more complex story structure. Mine is also a Women’s Fiction Series, which makes it even less traditional, in that not all the storylines conclude in each book, some relationships and issues remain unresolved until later in the series,” added Purl. “My novels are most definitely romantic —and early editions have won several romance awards. Yet the love relationships don’t conclude the way readers might expect. They’re full of surprises and complexities.”

Synopsis of Whose Angel Key Ring … eBook

Can a secret be kept for most of a young man's lifetime? Joan Calvin must have thought so before she died years ago. Yet it was a secret she didn't want kept from her son forever-just until he was ready to hear the truth. This Christmas, the time has come. It wasn't that she placed it on a future calendar for her husband Joseph to find. Instead, she entrusted the timing of the disclosure to fate, and to the trustworthy butler whom she knew would never desert young Zackery. So now, all these years later, a key that'd gone missing has mysteriously appeared. What does it unlock? Is it just the heirloom clock hiding in plain site on the mantel? Or does the angel key ring unlock far more? Though the e-book stands alone, it also extends the Milford-Haven Novels, the critically acclaimed, popular series, a multi-generational saga. Based on Purl's BBC Radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A.

About the Author Mara Purl:

Mara Purl was a performer on-camera and on-stage, with her regular character Darla Cook on Days Of Our Lives having been her starting point for soap opera. Purl began her writing career as a journalist for the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, The Financial Times of London, Working Woman Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor . A prolific fiction author, she also has written a play and several non-fiction books including Act Right: A Manual for the On-Camera Actor with actress Erin Gray .

Besides for her books, other Awards include: for radio, the New York Festivals Award; for her play Mary Shelley : In Her Own Words , the Peak Award; and for public service, Woman of the Year 2002 by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women.

Mara Purl is also an accomplished musician.  Her instrument is the koto and she recorded and has played on the international stage with many noteworthy musicians including the works Sumahama recorded with Mike Love and the Beach Boys, Pathless Path recorded with Charles Lloyd , Koto Keys , and A Koto Keys Christmas with Marilyn Harris, and Teiji Ito’s Watermill recorded with Grammy-winning musician Steve Gorn . The hit song “Jet Laggin” she co-wrote with Marilyn Harris is in current release on the new CD Orphans .

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Mara Purl was a performer on-camera and on-stage, with her regular character on Days Of Our Lives having been her starting point for soap opera. Purl began her writing career as a journalist for the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, The Financial Times of London, Working Woman Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. A prolific fiction author, she also has written a play and several non-fiction books including Act Right: A Manual for the On-Camera Actor with actress Erin Gray. Other Awards include the New York Festivals Award; for her play Mary Shelley: In Her Own Words, the Peak Award; and for public service, Woman of the Year 2002 by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. Mara Purl is also an accomplished musician. Her instrument is the koto and she recorded and has played on the international stage with many noteworthy musicians including 'Sumahama' recorded with Mike Love and the Beach Boys, Pathless Path recorded with Charles Lloyd and Koto Keys among others.

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Mara Purl, leading Women’s Fiction author, wants to give her readers a gift and have them enjoy her new eBook short story, Whose Angel Key Ring. The download is free through the month of December. The story’s lead characters are familiar to the Milford Haven Novels reader. The lead hardcover of the series, What the Heart Knows, was launched in October and was favorably reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and ForeWord Reviews.
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Synopsis of Whose Angel Key Ring … eBook Can a secret be kept for most of a young man's lifetime? Joan Calvin must have thought so before she died years ago. Yet it was a secret she didn't want kept from her son forever-just until he was ready to hear the truth. This Christmas, the time has come. It wasn't that she placed it on a future calendar for her husband Joseph to find. Instead, she entrusted the timing of the disclosure to fate, and to the trustworthy butler whom she knew would never desert young Zackery. So now, all these years later, a key that'd gone missing has mysteriously appeared. What does it unlock? Is it just the heirloom clock hiding in plain site on the mantel? Or does the angel key ring unlock far more? Though the e-book stands alone, it also extends the Milford-Haven Novels, the critically acclaimed, popular series, a multi-generational saga. Based on Purl's BBC Radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A.
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“What I write is Women’s Fiction—a larger, more encompassing genre, which includes romance as a category, but allows for a more complex story structure. Mine is also a Women’s Fiction Series, which makes it even less traditional, in that not all the storylines conclude in each book, some relationships and issues remain unresolved until later in the series.”
Mara Purl
“My novels are most definitely romantic—and early editions have won several romance awards. Yet the love relationships don’t conclude the way readers might expect. They’re full of surprises and complexities.”
Mara Purl
“I love writing these short stories,” Purl said recently. “They allow for me to explore a side of my characters not always shown in the novels. This holiday story involves a lot of the emotions we all experience during this time, so it's heartfelt and touching. But, it also contains a major family secret that causes a long-awaited resolution for one of the main characters.”
Mara Purl