All posts by Mary Vine

Four of Mary Vine’s magazine articles on ghost towns in Northeast Oregon are published, and she is the author of MAYA’S GOLD, A PLACE TO LAND, WANTING MOORE and A HAUNTING IN TRILLIUM FALLS. In her other life, she teaches speech and language to K-12 students and you can usually find her in Southwest Idaho or NE Oregon.

GOLDBRICK is out now! Book 2 in the Gold Club Series

Last Front Cover GoldbrickFBI Agent Crawford Stone expects to go hiking in Northeast Oregon but enters a cave and travels back in time to a rowdy gold mining town. He’s not the only one out of place as he finds an attractive woman attempting to ward off the men gathering around her.

School teacher Sarah Goldbrick leaves her quiet hometown to travel to Cracker City, Oregon in search of what or who is responsible for the death of her husband. She finds the investigator she needs in an unconventionally dressed lawman with unusual expertise.

Sarah’s husband left his mark in this town and while Crawford unearths crime in the area, he has not forgotten about his plan to go back to the future and wonders if Sarah will go with him.

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I Recommend COUNTING BLESSINGS by Carol Peterson

Counting BlessingsThis early counting book introduces children (ages 1-3) to numbers 1-10 and links them to God’s creations and the concept of blessings. I read this book and then decided to take it with me to the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school class I subbed in. Yes, they may be a little old for the book, but it still provided a good reason to talk about why counting your blessings was such a good thing – and as a discussion point, to ask the children why the Bible tells us to count our blessings.
I told them to pay special attention to each numbered blessing so they could tell/remind me when we counted them over again. One girl noted that each number rhymes with the blessing. We also took note of the nice, professional art on each page.
Went over well – and I will count my blessings, too.


Coming Soon!

Nugget_Of_Time_Cover_for_KindleMy newest work, A Nugget in Time will be coming out soon! It is an inspirational time travel romance. The book starts in 2017 and goes back to a gold mining town in 1870. I had such fun writing this and hope that you will enjoy it.

Valentine Burrito Recipe

Maya'sGoldCover[1]In Maya’s Gold, Maya filled a casserole dish with burritos and took them over to her neighbor, Alice. This is the recipe I was thinking about when I wrote this section of the story – Mary VineMaya's Burrito pix

 Maya Valentine’s Burrito Recipe

(Burritos, Old El Paso Sun Country Mexican Cookbook)

12 8-inch flour tortillas
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 16-ounce cans Old El Paso Refried Beans
1 large tomato, chopped
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium avocado, seeded, peeled, and cut in 12 wedges
Old El Paso Taco Sauce

Wrap stack of tortillas tightly in foil; heat in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Cook onion in hot oil until tender but not brown. Add refried beans; cook and stir till heated through. Spoon about 1/3 cup bean mixture onto each tortilla near one edge. Top with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and avocado wedge. Fold edge nearest filling up and over filling just until mixture is covered. Fold in two sides, envelope fashion, then roll up. Arrange on baking sheet; bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until heated through. Pass taco sauce. Makes 12 burritos.