Monday, July 23, 2012

Release Party for Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall Ends July 30th

We are having a week long celebration here at The Sword and Spirit for MaryLu Tyndall's new release, Veil of Pearls. In celebration, I've ordered our cake from my favorite baker. Today we are giving away a copy of her book, Surrender the Heart. Ask MaryLu a question or leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.  We will be giving prizes away all week long so be sure to check in each day.

I am so pleased to have my very dear friend, MaryLu Tyndall here with me this week. MaryLu mentored me and was huge influence on me. She was my guiding star as I started down the road of writing.

A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling pirates during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Unfortunately, instead of pursuing that dream, she worked as a miserable, landlocked software engineer for fifteen years. Only by the grace and providence of God, did she decide to answer His call to write a Christian Pirate series. Today, while writing her eleventh novel, she manages a home, husband and six kids while battling three cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep!  She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

 
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
LOL. I’m sitting at my desk in my writing room wearing jeans and a T-shirt and my favorite leopard-skin clogs!!  (They aren’t really made of leopard skin for the PETA people out there) LOL! Thanks for clarifying that!

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
We always hear how women in olden days were quite, demure, proper, and stayed home to raise kids, etc. (Nothing against that, by the way!) But what really has fascinated me have been the tales I’ve come across in my research about women who broke that mold, who disguised themselves and fought wars, who started businesses, who supported entire families, some who even took to the sea and captained ships! History didn’t really record their stories because they were mere women, but if you poke around enough, you can find these little gems hidden in the old records. Great stuff!

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?
Modern plumbing! LOL. Hmm.. but seriously that’s a tough one because all the things I would want to bring require electricity! Like my hair dryer, flat iron, cell phone, TV and DVD, and my kitchen appliances!  Oh, and my washer and dryer!  But your question made me realized how spoiled I am living in this century!  I probably wouldn’t survive if I got transported back in time.  Well, I might survive, but I’d be complaining a lot. LOL! You mean you wouldn’t want to be on one of those tall ships, sailing the sea with no electricity?   

What is something that very few people know about you?
I’m a serious control freak who runs my house like a Royal Navy Ship of the line!  Don’t believe me? Ask my poor hubby! LOL I can’t believe that, you, sweet MaryLu run a tight ship and brook no mutinies!

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
Great question! It really got me thinking about what I would grab first if my house was on fire!  My family doesn’t really have any special heirlooms that have been passed down so I’d have to say the pictures I have of my kids from their birth through present day.  Irreplaceable!  

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
Well, now that you all know what a weenie I am (from above question) I’m afraid to say that I would LOVE to have lived in Colonial days, around the 17th and 18th centuries.. the age of exploration and tall ships!!  Probably somewhere in the Southern US colonies.  Charleston SC would definitely be at the top of my list! Our country was so new then, so innocent. There were new and exciting places to find and explore, new worlds to create, new lives to forge out of the wilderness. And you can’t beat those majestic tall ships! Ah! So you would be willing to give up those luxuries to sail the high seas back in the days of chivalry. ;o)

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Hmm. I have to say I never thought about that. I’m a middle child so whatever baggage I have from that I’m sure affects how I write. In fact, I have a lot of baggage from my childhood that probably has made me the type of writer I am today!

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?  Amazing Grace (I know it’s already taken, but hey, it fits!)

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
If a book is good, I nearly ALWAYS want to jump right into the story, but I’d have to say Francine River’s Mark of the Lion series really impacted me. Also, Captain Blood by Raphael Sabatini. 


 Veil of Pearls!
It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.

Born into one of Charleston's prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan's persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.


But Adalia's new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is she willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?

Today's Giveaway
 
Surrender the Heart
On the brink of the War of 1812, Marianne Denton must marry to unlock her inheritance. Without the money, her mother can’t receive medical care and her sister will be destitute. But Noah Brenin needs to sail his cargo to England before the war commences in order to prove his worth to his father and make enough money so he won’t have to marry at all.
But when Noah walks out on their engagement party, Marianne chases him down and ends up on his merchantman out at sea. The situation worsens when Noah’s ship encounters a British man-of-war and the couple is impressed into the British navy.
While a young lad’s prophecy of destiny looms over them both, Marianne and Noah are forced to face their darkest fears as they desperately try to find a way to escape and fulfill their destinies—destinies that could change the course of the war and history forever.
A young mistrustful lady, desperate to save her family. A man, burdened by guilt, desperate to please his. Both caught in the brink of a war that could change the course of history forever.

DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.

Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday,  July 30th 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

59 comments:

  1. Okay. I must admit. I've read & reviewed this book via eReader. Now I want to own a paperback copy ~ it was that good! But, seeing as how I'm the first commenter, it's not looking good for me. (We all know number one rarely is winner...) ;) Ah well. I won't win if I don't try, right?! ;)

    Anyway, thanks for the fun, Debbie. And, MaryLu, it was nice to read and learn about you!

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    1. ...and I completely forgot to leave my email addy. Yep. It's Monday...

      kjv1611as at gmail dot com

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    2. Hey Amanda! Thanks for stopping by. This book is Awesome. It needs to go to the top of your MUST MUST MUST read book!

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  2. Great questions Debbie and good answers, Mary Lu. I would agree on the indoor plumbing, and photographs of our children....We lived in SC and not far from Charleston....it is an enchanting city with so much southern charm. I look forward to reading your new book....and Deb, I'd love to know more about the birth order and how it affects writing? :) Blessings, Diane

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    1. Hey Diane,

      I love Charleston, too. Most of my stories are set there. And the one I don't have set there started there. We camp down at Hunting Island near Buford. Such a beautiful place. The picture behind my blog is from down there. If my family didn't live in upstate SC I'd love to down there to live.

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  3. Fun to see you here, MaryLu. And congrats on the release of Veil of Pearls. I must admit it sounds like a great story.

    snowboundintheup (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Yep. It is great Naomi. You're going to love it.

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  4. I'd love to be entered! I've read "Surrender the Dawn" but not "Surrender the Heart." Never was good at getting things in order. ;) I'm a subscriber too.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. Throwing your name in the hat twice, Pegg. Thanks for being a subscriber!

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  5. I am a follower at the top of this page, but when I tried to follow to the right of the page, it doesn't show up. I don't know what's wrong. I'd love to read Surrender the Heart.
    annknowles03aol.com

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    1. Hey Ann,

      You can follow either of the ways and get the extra chance. So I'm throwing your name in twice. Thanks for being a follower!

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  6. Good morning from California, Ladies!! Thanks for stopping by and reading my interview!! And thank you, Debbie Lynne, for having me. All week!! Now this is fun! Though I always seem to be on some sort of ridiculous diet.. I do believe I will have a slice of that cake in the picture. I'm drooling just looking at it!! Off to get my coffee.. I'll drop by later!

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    1. Hey MaryLu! Waving at you from South Carolina. Just got home from VBS! Wow what a night. Had a great time.

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  7. Awesome interview, thank you so much ladies! I am super excited for the release of Veil of Pearls!

    Please enter me

    I am a follower by feedburner

    Thank you!

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Faye,

      Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  8. New author for me!
    Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hey Kathleen,

      You are going to fall in love with MaryLu's books. She is one of my all time favorite authors.

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  9. I am a Google Friend Connect up there with the little window with the brown hearts hanging down in front of it!
    Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  10. Feedburner e-mails received by me! I click on it and come right over!!
    Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  11. Do I get an extra for being the momma of a Debbie Lynn???
    Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  12. Great interview! I'd LOVE to win this book!!!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Good Luck Liz. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I subscribe via Feedburner.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. Great Interview. I like those stories of women who go undercover and change the world. well, change part of it. I have a couple of those myself. I often thought about how it would be to live back when. I think the tall ships are awesome, don't know that I'd want to be a pirate, but it might be interesting.

    tina_pinson(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Tina Thanks for coming by today. The tall ships are beautiful. I love pictures of them.

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  15. Hi Deb and MaryLu, always like to visit sites with info on MaryLu, isnt she something-so glad you followed your heart and began writing. I live in Ga, have only been to Charleston once but loved the feel of the old town.
    I would love to read this book of yours MaryLu, sounds like a wonderful tale, golly now what will he do with her when he finds her on his ship? I think I have read women on ships was bad karma....
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  16. forgot to mention, following your site Debbie with GFC, like the side pics, looks a lot like Ga&S.C.to me...
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Good call, Paula. this is down in Southern SC in between Beaufort and Charleston. Thanks for following my blog. Good luck!

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  17. Thanks everyone!! And yes I would think Debbie Lynne that your Mom would have special privileges! Tina, you'd only want to be a pirate on the ship, The Redemption.. where the captain is a Christian pirate! LOL.
    Paula, yes, women on ships were considered bad luck but history tells us lots of women went to sea. It's fascinating stuff!

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    1. MaryLu, Kathleen (LaneHouse) is an awesome follower of mine. She isn't my mom but she is the mom of a Debbie Lynn, without the e. ;O)

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  18. I would have to bring electricity along with me. Need to read your book!!! The others I've done with living on different farms. My hb was in his teens before he got electricity. Don't think I could handle that!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Linda, electricity is a hard thing to live without. Had to do it after Hurricane Hugo came through SC. was without electricity for 2 weeks. I learned I'm too soft!

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  19. I already follow by GFC.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  20. I also follow via email.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  21. Great interview! I loved the questions, real head scratchers. I think that we are spoiled with today's luxuries, but if we were born in another century, we would not know any better, therefore we would be fine. Even though the thought of not having indoor plumbing is totally 'ick' to us today, it would seem the everyday norm in the day. You don't need to enter me to win Surrender the Heart. I already own it. Just wanted to stop by and say 'hello'. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to stop by again we have lots of other great giveaways this week.

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  22. Linda.. yes, what did people do without electricity?? We are so spoiled.

    Waving at my Chaplain!! Hi Debbie.. you're probably right. We wouldn't miss what we never had. In fact, we'd probably think how modern everything we had was!

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  23. The heroines of both books, Veil of Pearls and Surrender the Heart, seem to be 'break out' kind of women. I so enjoy books with women of character and strength, maybe because they remind me of my own Grandmother. Put my name in the hat... Blessings on your new book.

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    1. Cass, thanks for stopping by. I'm throwing your name int he hat now!

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  24. Great Interview, I loved it, MaryLu the Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers are also my favorite Books, they are so good, I have the Set in a special Place, :).
    Your Book sounds awesome and would love to win it, please enter me in your Giveaway.
    Many Blessings

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Ingrid, thanks for coming by and saying hello. I haven't read The Mark of the lion. I bought it now I just need to find the time to read it.

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  25. I just finished Veil of Pearls; it is a terrific book! The topic of acceptance and what we will do to obtain it is a very good one. MaryLu handled this very well.
    Surrender the Heart sounds like another book I'd really enjoy reading.
    I do follow this blog by Feedburner but I don't think I always get the e-mail notifications, at least not on the day they are posted. I learned of this giveaway from Fiction Addition Fix.
    Thanks for having the interview and giveaway.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Hmmm Pam, I wonder why your not getting the notifications. You could try following under feedburner again and see if that does it. And thanks for checking out Fiction Addiction Fix! That's my other blog. I need to throw your name in the hat an extra time for giving it a shout out. LOL. Good luck!

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  26. Yes, Cass, both heroines are very feisty and courageous for their time! They definitely have a mind of their own! I'm writing a heroine now who is a bit spoiled, selfish and she weeps a lot. It's hard for me to write! She's driving the hero mad!!

    I agree, Ingrid, I've kept Mark of the Lion on my shelf for years. I'll never part with that series.

    Pam, thank you so much!! I'm so glad you enjoyed Veil of Pearls. :-)

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  27. I LOVE this book and it is already on my best of 2012 books for Christian fiction! DEBBIE LYNNE, I love your pretty blog and thanks for having sweet MARYLU up this week! Enjoyed reading this. Blessings all around and don't enter me for the drawing as I have a lovely copy all my own wahahaha!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie!!! You're always such a sweetie!

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    2. Awe Carrie, You are such a sweetheart! Thanks for stopping by. And you're right MaryLu is a very sweet and special lady!

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  28. It's always fun to hear from writers, particularly when they are so honest as MaryLu. =-)
    bskaggs(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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    1. Thank you, Teddy! That's such a nice thing to say. :-)

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    2. Thanks for stopping by Teddy. Good luck!

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  29. a great posting!

    marylu, how do you 'name' your characters? i love your work :)

    deb, i'm a follower, too.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  30. I am a follower by email. I think If I was to go back I would want electricity for air conditioning and bug spray.The book sounds very good and fun. Would love to win and read. pgmcneill at sbcglobal dot net

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  31. I follow your blog. I would love to win this book. I have not read one of MaryLu's books that you cannot put down. I have reveiws posted on some of them you can find. So please enter me.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for coming by. And I can promise you that you won't be able to put this one down either.

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  32. I loved Veil of Pearls!!
    I'm a feedburner subscriber.
    Amy Campbell
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  33. I follow with Feedburner.
    Great Giveaway!

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  34. Thanks for stopping by Abigail. And thanks for following!

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