Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Surrender the Night 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 Bath Gift Box. 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.

 Surrender the Night

When British soldiers invade Baltimore amid the War of 1812, Rose McGuire, alone on her family farm, is easy prey for a brutal lieutenant. In the midst of the attack, she’s saved by British 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Reed. Will she now have to heal, as well as hide, this enemy soldier?
            Alex hadn’t meant to kill his superior, nor get shot in the process. Now badly wounded, he’s at the mercy of this tomboy who obviously hates him. Can he trust her or will she turn him over to the Americans?
            Rose is having trouble keeping Alex hidden from her family, the townspeople, and the man intent on courting her. Will the discovery of Alex’s presence force her to accept an abhorrent proposal?
            As their love blooms, trouble looms, for the British are on the move again. This time, their target is Washington DC. Will these young lovers at heart find themselves enemies at war?
 
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.

To be popular or not to be popular, that is the question

By MaryLu Tyndall

Our culture is obsessed with fame and popularity. Just look at all the reality shows that have sprung up over the past twenty years where ordinary people compete to win a prize and potentially become famous. Survivor, The Great Race, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, to name just a few. Everyone wants to be famous! To be a star! To have people accept them, love them, and give them value. Honestly, who wouldn’t want that? It feeds a deep ravenous need within all of us to be somebody, not just another of the billion or so people who inhabit the planet. We want to be special. To be unique and valued. We want what God has implanted in each of our hearts—to be loved unconditionally for who we are.
This need begins to truly manifest itself in High School. At least it did for me. If your High School was anything like mine, it didn’t take long for each kid to be assigned a label. Jock, Cool, Skater, Grunge, Emo, Nerd, and a million other “groups” which separated everyone and predetermined their behavior based on stereotypical ideas.  My shyness and good grades automatically put me somewhere between the nerd and weirdo groups, where I stayed my entire High School years! At the time, I thought that was entirely unfair and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t join the “cool” and “popular” kids. They got all the attention, got invited to all the parties, had all the fun. (Or so it seemed). I wanted to badly to be accepted in their group—to be liked. But that never happened.
This longing to be valued extended well into my adult years as I grew and matured and tried to fashion myself, both in speech, dress, and behavior, into the kind of person who would fit in with the crowd everyone liked and looked up to.  For a while I even succeeded. I began dating a man who was in that crowd, and I quickly became one of them.  But I was still empty inside. Hanging out with these people wasn’t me. I didn’t enjoy the things they did, the parties, the dinners, the conversation. In truth, I wanted so badly for them to like me, that I had molded myself into someone completely unrecognizable. And in the process I had denied the unique-self God made me to be.  In essence, I made these people my God instead of worshiping my Creator.
This is the theme of my new release, Veil of Pearls. The fear of man. The Bible says that “The fear of man brings a snare”. When you crave human opinion and accolades more than you crave God, then you have a problem with the fear of man.  And if you continue down that course the results can be a devastating—a complete loss of the person God made you to be and a gnawing emptiness inside. Not to mention the worse result of all, a weakening of your relationship with God himself.
That’s what happens to Adalia, the heroine in my story. She hid her heritage, the essence of who she was, in order to become part of the Charleston Elite—to enjoy their lavish lifestyle of delicacies, parties, plays, and the approval of people who wouldn’t have given her the time of day before. But in the process, she lost touch with God.
Fortunately for Adalia (And for me!), we both came to our senses and returned to the only ONE who can fill that need for value. God Himself. He is the answer to this burning desire to be somebody. You see, everyone is somebody in His kingdom! He knew who you would be, all your talents, quirks, personality, likes, dislikes, humor, etc.. before he even formed you in your mother’s womb. You are unique and precious to Him. He has something He needs you to do here on earth that only You can do. He loves you boundlessly. Maybe you’ve heard that before. Maybe you haven’t, But once you really believe it and get it deep down inside of you, you won’t have any desire for fame or praise from anyone else this world but God! 

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?
              
   MaryLu Tyndall's Bio
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.


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35 comments:

  1. It was strange for me, I wanted to be in the popular crowd though I was in the nerd one, but I didn't want to give up anything that made me a nerd, so of course I didn't make it. :) I just wanted to be popular as me. ha ha. I'm glad that didn't work out, I'm "popular" right now because of how nerdy I am. Nerds are the fascinating ones with cool hobbies.

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  2. LOL! Funny Melissa. I think I was very fortunate that I went to a small school. I was a cheerleader, in sports, and got good grades. But I don't really think we had a lot of different groups. There was maybe 2. The ones that were into drugs and the ones that weren't. I never realized how blessed I was to go to a small school where everyone pretty much got along.

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  3. When I was a kid I wanted to be a movie star or a famous singer. I would still love to be a great singer - wouldn't care if I was famous or not.

    Cher :-)
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  4. Hey Cheryl, thanks for coming by. Me too. And I know the people who stand in front of me at church wish I was a good singer! LOL!

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  5. Pick me! Pick me! I have not read your books yet!! I laughed a lot as a teen, but think it was because I was nervous and unsure. Kathleen
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    1. Hey Kathleen! Throwing your name in the hat several times! I laughed a lot as a child, too. But I was just a happy-go-lucky kid. My aunt used to call me Giggles. :o)

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  6. I am a Google Friend Connect friend ~*~ I see my little window up there with the little brown hearts hanging down. Kathleen
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  7. I follow via Feedburner and get your e-mail alert to post! Kathleen
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  8. Good morning ladies! How I wished I could have gone to a small Christian school. I had a really hard time in high school, felt completely ostracized, but now I see that was God's plan to make me who I am. Like Melissa.. I am still a bit of a nerd/weirdo!! And I love who God made me to be. :-) I wouldn't trade that to be popular for anything in the world!
    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

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  9. I never got anything but negative attention at home. I wasn't allowed to have friends, didn't attend public school (I was homeschooled, which actually turned out well scholastically but not so well relationally), and the kids my age at church ignored me. I wanted so desperately to be loved, but I knew I didn't want a boyfriend. I wanted to be wanted, to be worth something. I became the class clown. When people laugh, it's good attention, right? That was my hope. I did make people laugh, but I still didn't make any friends.
    About 7 months ago, I escaped my home situation. As God slowly heals my heart and helps me to mature in areas I missed out on, I'm finding that more people are attracted to me. They like me. They want to get to know me. I'm worthy of their time and their attention. God is so good.
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    1. I had no idea about your childhood, Sasafras! I'm sorry you had trouble. You are such a sweet, loving, person, of course everyone who meets you will like you. :-) God never makes junk. It's the devil who wants to make us think we are junk. But I'm not believing the lie anymore and I'm glad you aren't either!!! God is good, indeed!

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    2. Hey Sasafras! I'm so glad you stopped by. You have a sad story. Unfortunately that is often the case with homeschooled children. It takes a lot of effort on the parents part to make sure that doesn't happen to their children when they are homeschooling. My daughter who went to a Christian school ran into the same problem at church because it was a small town, all the kids went to the local school and were friends. She couldn't fit in. They looked right through her. It was tough and we ended up leaving the church (with the pastor's blessing) to go to the church that was affiliated with her school. It is so hard to see Christians having clicks or just plain not reaching out to someone who needs to feel loved and wanted. God made you with your own special personality. You ARE LOVED AND WANTED by the most important one of all! I'm so glad that you are seeing that now. Thank you so much for sharing your story. God will use it to touch someone else's life. God bless you, sweetie!

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    3. Sasafras, I forgot to say, I homeschooled my last two children and their older brother for 2 years. So I understand how tough it is being a homeschool child.

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    4. Sasafras, I am so sorry about your homeschool experience. I homeschooled my 3 kids from K-12. I made sure that they attended field trips and took classes outside the home. My girls loved ballet class. All 3 were also in a drama class and had parts in a play. It is totally up to the parents to make sure that if they want to homeschool their children, that they need to make sure they meet their social needs. There weren't too many options when I taught, but today, there are a lot of options. God bless you.

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  10. The cover is gorgeous! I can't wait to get started on this series!

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    1. And the story is every bit as good! thanks for stopping by and for following!

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    2. It's an awesome story! I intend to read it again!

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  12. Thank-you for giving me a chance to win a book!

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    1. Hey Zach and Zoes Mom! Thank you for stopping by. Good luck on winning!

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  13. Thanks MaryLu and DebbieLynne. I appreciate your kind words. The homeschooling was good, and growing up Independent Fundamental Baptist meant there were several other homeschooling families in my church. Their kids were definitely part of the group. I think it more largely had something to do with the attitude my parents portrayed in not only letting their kids not have friends, but eschewing friends themselves. People just stayed away.
    I left that environment at midnight, December 26th last year. I was 19. God had been gradually working in my life to bring me to the point where I was willing to submit to whatever He wanted for me, and He said I needed to leave. He opened up a one-time opportunity, and I took it. None of my immediate family will speak to me, save for one sister, and she has to do it in secret in fear of getting in trouble. Most of my extended family I barely knew, and few of them are speaking to me either. But it's okay. God's given me a lot of other people to call family. I came to live in Southern California with a wonderful older couple who basically have adopted me. I got involved with a good church, and started meeting with a godly older woman about 2 months ago for mentoring. Having grown up so sheltered, it's amazing what God's done to heal and mature me. I learned how to drive! A stick shift, no less! I'm also much more comfortable being around people now, especially men (whom I could barely talk to because of the brainwashing my parents gave me).
    My story is insane and incredible. The people I've told it too all say it sounds like a movie. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to take over and tell it right here and right now. But it's definitely a part of me, and such an important part in how God has made me who I am today.

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    1. Wow Sassafras.. that's an amazing story. It reminds me of the stories you hear about people who've escaped cults, although I'm not comparing your family to a cult. I'm so sorry you are estranged from them. But Praise God, He provided you another home with loving Christians and He is in the process of healing you and setting you on a good path! Thanks for sharing your heart here. It blessed me and I'm sure it will bless others who drop by. Hugs

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  14. Hey Sasafras, I agree with MaryLu. Totally amazing story that really touches one's heart. And I'm so glad God is healing you and has put good Godly people in your path. I pray that someday your parents will realize what they've done and come to you and seek reconciliation. But I know one thing, God will use your testimony to help others! I'm so impressed with you at 19 years old, listening to God and stepping out in faith. What an inspiring young woman you are.

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  15. I just finished Veil of Pearls yesterday! It is an amazing novel! I am so looking forward to reading more from MaryLu!
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    Amy Campbell
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  16. Enjoyed MaryLu's testimony. Looking forward to reading her book.
    Thanks, Courtney Smith
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  17. Thank you Amy! I'm so glad you enjoyed Veil of Pearls!!
    And thank you Courtney for taking the time to read my testimony. :-) I hope it encouraged you.

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  18. Now you have me wanting to read the book. Glad you decided to be you and not follow the crowd. pgmcneill at sbcglobal dot net.

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  19. This is one of my all-time favorite time-periods! I cannot wait to read it. The characters sound very intriguing!
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  20. Surrender the Night sounds like an awesome read, I can't wait to get it.
    Blessings
    Ingrid

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  21. What a great post. I'm notorious for getting bogged dow3n in the description. Mary Lu makes it sound so simple. Can't wait to try her suggestions
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  22. Every one wants to be in the IN crowd but it does not work that way. I was in a small group of friends but not the IN crowd. I was very shy and quiet so these friends were great for me. I also had the neighbor hood kids which were great kids. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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