Mary De Groat


 "Imagination is everything.  It is the preview to life's coming attractions." ​​- Albert Einstein

"Your thoughts become things!"  - Rhonda Byne, The Secret

"I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams."   - Oprah Winfrey

"The past can be cleansed. The present can be made fruitful. The future can be what you decide it shall be."  

- Raymond Charles Barker, The Power of Decision

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 Reader reviews from

Just finished Beyond the Last Horizon. I love, love loved it! Didn't want it to end. Great characters and a fantastic ending & epilogue. Thank you for creating characters with such depth.

- Carol Greenstein

I got so involved in the character's lives that when the book ended I felt sad that I would not know how their lives unfolded from that point. I loved this book and could not put in down. If fact, I read it twice.  - Carol Gooze

It's so great to find a book that is uplifting and is well-woven as well. So many of today's writings are high-drama and intense but don't bring the reader to any sense of hope, positive thinking, much less a sense of empowerment. THIS one does! Here's a good tale that returns the reader to their own sense of Self and the innate ability for self-empowerment. We all need that.  

                                 - Dr. Carell Zaehn, author of                                      Thinking from the Infinite

I just finished reading this wonderful book. The author writes beautifully and vividly. I can picture every detail in my mind. The characters inspired me to start dreaming big -if what they imagine can happen, it can happen for anyone. I loved getting to know each character and how each of them turned their life around.  -  Catherine Lincoln

I enjoyed the characters, the storyline and the inspirational message. It took me to another place, which is what I was looking for. Great read!                                                     - Natalie Rodda

PROLOGUE (excerpt)


Hank Johns was finally getting used to a new life. Moving through the foyer and expansive living room filled with art and thick colorful rugs, he joined the other guests on the terrace. There, the one person he knew channeled him to the bar. Accepting a cold beer, Hank turned to survey his surroundings. Three women stood together laughing. He'd known David for years, but had only heard of the others. The men interrupted the animated trio and David introduced Hank to Sara, Gina and Carrie.

... To escape being the focus of attention, Hank checked the time on his watch. Though he'd only just arrived, he wanted to make a call.

Sara offered her office. "It's private, go ahead. Just off the living room."

Hank sat at Sara's desk, ignoring the labels on the pile of files and contents of the loose scattered papers. His call was answered on the first ring.

"I just called to say good-night again. Yeah, I know I just got here. I miss you though.  You get a good night's sleep and don't worry.  I'll see you in the morning.  I love you very, very much." 

A minute later Hank hung up and read the message scrolling across Sara's computer screen.

Imagination is everything.  It is the preview to life's coming attractions.

The decision that changed everything came to mind.

In a reflective mood, Hank returned to the terrace to find the others watching the dawning glow of the full moon rising over the horizon. The growing light illuminated the silent group. Like Hank; Carrie, Gina, David and Sara were also recalling the turning point in their pasts.