Welcome to my official website!

Happy October! Thank you for visiting! I like to think of my website as a place where land meets ocean, where ideas meet feelings, and where head meets heart. Journey with me to land’s end . . . where logic has done its best and can go no farther. Adventure with me to ocean’s beginning . . . where the heart rests in motion. Thanks for joining me on the journey!

from my heart to yours,



When Whales Watch

Amazon has chosen When Whales Watch for their Month-of-June story pick! Now through June 30th, download it for just $.99!

Where the Heart Lives

Amazon chose Where the Heart Lives for their Amazon Daily Deal on June 22nd. Results are stupendous! The book hit the best-seller lists—again—this time reaching #27 for Women’s Fiction sagas! It ranked high in several other categories as well. Thanks to my readers!

When Hummers Dream

Amazon chose When Hummers Dream for their Month-of-May Romance pick! This special little novella has once again flown high into the best-seller lists, landing on #300 in Romance!

Women who participate in charity organizations are brave, committed, resourceful, and inspiring! Chari-Tea events are elegant, focused fund-raisers for at-risk women who need and deserve our help. Are you involved with a charity that benefits women? Let’s arrange a Chari-Tea!


Mara’s post on USA TODAY . . .
Click to read: Happy Ending ‘In Here’

American Voices with Senator Bill BradleyMara Purl Interview
American Voices with Senator Bill Bradley
SiriusXM Radio Channel 124
Link to American Voices site
American Voice Facebook page
August 11, 2013

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Mara Purl is interviewed by Senator Bill Bradley on his program American Voices. They discuss writing, e-books versus print books, living a life in the arts in today’s economy, and living not only from the head, but from the heart.

from the blog

Crowdfunding for books has moved from fad to trend

#‎Crowdfunding is an #author trend, not a fad!

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January Handsel

Handsel: a gift given at the beginning of something, especially a new year. Though it’s hard not to keep thinking to myself “this time last year, Mom was here,” what I try to do when these thoughts recur is shift from grief to celebration, from loss to gratitude, from past to present. This is a new year, a perfect opportunity for new beginnings. Perhaps I can let the universe help me move forward, instead of tackling the forward momentum all on my own. Read more

A Year for Mom: The Big Day

The Purl Family “A Year for Mom” are posts written the year of my mother’s illness and her passing. It had started as one of Mom’s bright ideas. Though she and Pere had been unable to fly to California to see my sister Linda perform the remarkable one-woman show The Year of Magical Thinking, she imagined that, somehow, the show could come to her. Read more