Monday, April 14, 2014

Make A Wish By Marlayne Giron GIVEAWAY of a FREE Audio Book

An inspirational collection of short stories written for people as gifts granting their dearest wishes. Each story has an introductory biographical paragraph on who the story is written for and why.

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Marlayne Giron is a wife and mother living in Orange County, California. She currently works as a part-time career secretary and enjoys cooking for her family every night, scrapbooking, making high teas, and entertaining.

At the age of 22 (In 1982) Marlayne was inspired to write The Victor by a line in an Amy Grant song called: "Fairytale" (from her Father's Eyes album). The particular verse in the song which inspired the idea was: "two princes wage the battle for eternity but the victor has been known from the start". The verse made her imagine an evil "Baron" in black armor and knight in shining armor crossing swords over "maiden in distress". She wrote the story in her free time at work on an IBM Selectric typewriter and at home on a Smith Corona Portable.

Marlayne rewrote the story over the course of almost 30 years and made many attempts to get it published for several years but after a 4-year bout with ulcerative colitis that resulted in major surgery, then infertility then the adoption of her daughter and the demands of having to work full-time to pay the bills, she gave up on her dream of The Victor ever being published until April of 2008 when Tate Publishing called to offer her a contract.

The Victor was released on April 14th of 2009 and many doors have opened up for her to get the word out on her book. One of which being that as a direct result of her former employment with John Styll at CCM Magazine 28 years ago (who is now currently President of the Gospel Music Association), both he and Amy Grant now have copies of The Victor and Marlayne's personal copy has been autographed by Amy Grant herself.

I have read this book in hard copy form and I laughed and I cried, I was happy and sad all the way to the end. But never had I heard it read to me until this book was released on audio.
The lady who narrated this book was born to read this book for us, her voice is perfect for this book. Over 10 hours of fantastic reading. I cried harder listening to her then when I read the hardcopy myself.
This is a must listen to book. I highly recommend it. Not just because I have the best wish  written in the book either.
I gave this book and narrator 5 stars.
This would make a wonderful Easter gift for someone you love. There is no better gift to give to someone than the gift of an inspiring book.
Share this review and leave a comment in order to WIN a FREE Audio copy of this book!


  1. This sounds like something I'd enjoy listening to everyday on my commute to work and back.Thanks Mary for all you do for us readers.

    1. James, I should warn you, stop and get a box of Kleenex you are going to need them.

  2. I also have the hard copy of this book and I soooooo enjoyed it! This is a wonderful idea to have it in audio! Marlayne is such a great inspiring author. I enjoyed the Victor as well!

  3. I have read this book and it is fantastic. It made me cry so many times! It was so good. I am entering this contest not for myself but for an 87 year old woman named Betty in my church and Bible study. Her eyesight is not good anymore and she loves audio books. This young lady is a sweetheart! I've never seen her once without a smile and she has been through so much.

    Judy B

  4. Thank you all for your kind comments! This audio book is downloadable to your computer from You can then burn it to CD using your CD ROM drive. It's over 10 hours. If the winner has any problem doing this, please contact me and I'll help you:

  5. I have read this book and loved it. I don't know how to do any of this for an audio, but want to wish everyone good luck on winning this book. Be sure you have some Kleenex beside you when listening to it. You'll need them

  6. I am definitely in on this one.A good cry sometimes does the soul good.

    1. Melanie, You are the WINNER! Please send Author Marlayne an e-mail and let her know you are the WINNER!

  7. Melanie - email me. If you don't get a response cuz it went to my spam then you can call me and I'll give you the download code. 949.683.6361