Monday, March 11, 2013

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall ends March 18th

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 her first trilogy, Legacy of the King’s Pirates. Today, after publishing nearly a dozen books, 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.

Please welcome my very dear friend and mentor, MaryLu Tyndall. MaryLu is the reason I found the ACFW and also the reason I am still writing today. She's lots of fun and someone I always can count on for prayer. In honor of MaryLu being on my blog this week I'm giving away a copy of her new release Forsaken Dreams. To be entered answer the question: Have you ever run from your problems? Don't forget to leave your email addy so I can contact you if you win and let me know if you follow this blog for an extra entry. 

Are you running away from your problems, or just creating more?


By MaryLu Tyndall

 Have you ever wanted to just drop everything you’re doing, your job, your responsibilities, the day-to-day grind, the cleaning, cooking, struggling, bills, problems, etc. . . and go far away, far far away, and start over? Who knows maybe you’ll get it right this time and your new life will be everything you dreamed!  I know I’ve felt like this on many an occasion, longed to fly away to some tropical paradise where I could lie on a beach with a cold umbrella drink for the rest of my life!
 Well, there are some people from our history who did just that! (Minus the umbrella drink, of course) About 20,000 of them, in fact. It was after the Civil War, and both North and South had suffered terribly. There was hardly a home in all the country where a loved one hadn’t died. But now the South had to suffer not only the humiliation of defeat but the horrific abuse poured upon them by the North. Homes were burned, land confiscated, railroads ruined, jobs nonexistent, women raped. Confederate money was useless and many confederate soldiers were rounded up and imprisoned or even hanged. To the South, it seemed the war raged on and many became completely disillusioned. Sort of makes your problems seems small by comparison, eh?
Before I get cards and emails stating I’m a lover of slavery or a north hater, let me state that I both loathe slavery and was born in Michigan. I’m simply stating the facts and setting the stage for my new release, Forsaken Dreams, in which a group of Confederates sell everything they have and book passage from Charleston to Rio de Janeiro.  Each one of them has suffered tremendous loss, each one is heartbroken, wounded in body and spirit and exhausted from all the fighting. Each one hopes to create a new Southern Utopia on the shores of Brazil.
Instead, what they discover is that God has incredible plans for them and a purpose for their journey they could never imagine! 
The truth of the matter is, you can’t run away from your problems and you can’t run away from God. If God knows the number of hairs on your head at any given second, I’m pretty sure He knows where you are and what you’re up to!  And the trouble with running away from your problems is that you can never get rid of your biggest problem—which is you!
I leaned that the hard way when I tried to run from God in my twenties. I didn’t want a God who dictated my life to me and told me what I could and couldn’t do. I mean, how could I have any fun at all?  15 years later as my life was sinking into a huge dark pit, I realized that I had bought into a lie. It was God who gave life and fun and adventure. Without Him, life was a mess! 
The characters in Forsaken Dreams soon come to the same conclusion (Well, at least some of them do) and what they discover is that if they turn back to God, He can even use their running away for a grand purpose that can change the world. Talk about an adventure! 

Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?

For more information on MaryLu and her upcoming releases, please visit her

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, March 18th, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

52 comments:

  1. Me, run away? Just about every other minute, when something shiny crosses my path. I run away mentally from the blinking white screen with facebook at least 50 times a day. But other than that. . . LOL

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Kathy. I know the feeling. ;o)

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  2. I'm sure that I have run from my problems...more that once. However, I learned (the hard way) that they don't disappear.

    Thanks for the chance to read MaryLu's latest novel.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    PS: I'm a follower, too

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    1. Hey Karen. Thanks for following my blog. No unfortunately running away doesn't get rid of our problems. If it did I might be running now. ;o)

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  3. Running away from a problem is never the answer. Its better to face it head on and work through it.

    I am a follower.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. So true Katie. Best to face it and get through it than pretend it isn't there. That doesn't make it go away.

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  4. Oh, I'd so love to win this book! MaryLu Tyndall is one of my favorite authors. Her books were the ones that made me fall in love with historical romances, and I own every one of them!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Rachelle you and I have something in common! MaryLu is one of my favorite authors too! Just love her books. Good luck!

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  5. A brand new series from a writer I haven't read, but wanted to for a long time! Count me in!

    I'm a feedburner follower.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh no Andrea! YOu will have to go back and read all of her series! She is awesome at drawing you into the story and making you fall in love with her characters!

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  6. A brand new series from a writer I haven't read, but wanted to for a long time! Count me in!

    I'm a feedburner follower.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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  7. Good morning! First of all, Mary Lu, being from Michigan doesn't say which side you are on, North or South! (personal experience with a relative from there). Love your post, and love to learn from fiction so i am looking forward with great anticipation to reading this series. Thanks for the chance to win the first one! i am a follower!

    mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hey Marianne! I love the premise of this series. I've not read one other author who has told this side of history. It is so refreshing to get something new.

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  8. MaryLue is one of my favorite authors. Love to read this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. She is really an inspiration for me. I just love her and her books!Thanks for coming by. Good luck.

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  9. I am a feedburner subscriber.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  10. I think we all run away from out problems in some way, whether it be ignoring it or actually running far away from it. I know I've ignored problems before because I'm too afraid to face them. I'd probably run home, though, if I actually ran away from them. I feel safe at home, so its where I want to be.

    I'm also a follower of this blog.

    brpchristiangirl@charter.net

    Bianca

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    1. That's wonderful that home makes you feel safe. It should. I think even the town I live in makes me feel safe. I think things we are familiar with make us feel safe. At least for me they do. Thanks for following this blog.

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  11. I want to run from my problems now. When my husband retired last June, I lost my insurance. Except they try to tell me I am covered with a $ 1021 a month spend down. I am so stressed I am having nightmares all the time.
    This would sure make a good b-day present. My b-day is the 18th.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Happy earlier birthday! That would be cool if you won. I'm so sorry you are going through a stressful time. This insurance issue is a big problem in our country and unfortunately it is only going to get worse. Sending up a prayer for you.

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  12. The rule in our missionary life is...don't talk to me about money - you and God handle it. It's been 9 years since we've 'lived on faith.' Just tell me when to pay the bills - I promise not to check the bank acct - you & God do it.

    Love to read MaryLu's latest!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. And I'm a follower of your blog!

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    2. Hey Melody! I'm so glad you are a follower! And I love your attitude. Now that is faith! What an awesome testimony you have. Good luck!

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  13. Good morning Ladies!! Thanks for your comments and kind words. It seems we all may want to run away from time to time, but most of us know it doesn't do any good in the long run.
    Squiresj, I'm sorry about your situation. God promises to provide... I know that sounds trite.. but He does! Lean on Him and trust.. IT's not always easy, I know. :-)

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  14. Run away? OFTEN. To the visit the characters and places between the pages of a book. The only real escape I can offord LOL.

    winterrose (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. LOL! I LOVE YOUR ANSWER! My escape is writing. I just don't know how I would get through some of the things I've had to face if I couldn't escape between the lines. Thanks for following. Good Luck.

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  15. I am now a follower as well :D

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  16. Oh I would LOVE to win this!!! MaryLu is one of my favorite authors and this book sounds SO good!

    To my knowledge I have not run away from any problems of mine. An image of Noah always pops into my head and I jut face up to it right away. You see I live in a desert and since I don't think it would be a whale that would swallow me I don't want to find out what would happen!

    Amada (a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Hey Amada, LOL! You could write a new Jonah story if that happened. Hmmm what is big enough to swallow someone that isn't a whale? ;o) What desert do you live in?

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  17. I am also a follower (Torrance Tiger) :)

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  18. I have run from my problems before, but they weren't major problems.

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. I follow your blog through FeedBurner!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for following me Marissa. I think most of us either want to run away or do. But in the end we all have to face them. Thank goodness we have the Lord for that!

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  20. I run from disagreements. I'm just not good at handling conflict, but I"m getting better. The desire to run from all of life's responsibilities comes every few months. I usually take an afternoon off, get lunch and read or write. It usually works. :)

    Ginger(dot)solomon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Loving your comments ladies! I often run away to the pages of a good book too. Plus I get to escape when I'm writing as well.. which is really cool... especially if I'm dealing with problems in my real life. :-) Ginger, like you, I run from conflict... but I'm trying to learn to face it head on. It's so hard!

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  22. I don't think I run away, but I'm sure good at procrastinating! Reading a good book is a great help to a procrastinator like me. I'm sorry that I haven't yet read any of MaryLu's books. I am going to change that. I would love to win this one.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I am a feedburner follower

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    1. Hey Kay. Thanks for coming by and following my blog! Good luck!

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  23. I haven't physically run away from a problem, but it's kind of what I do when I escape into reading. I can leave all my problems behind for a little while when I get absorbed in a story. However, since I mainly read Christian fiction, I often find encouragement and hope in the books that can help in my life.
    I follow this blog by Feedburner.
    I would love to win a copy of MaryLu's new book. It looks fantastic!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Hey Pam. Yep books help me during rough times too. I love to glean truth through the fiction stories that entertain. MaryLu's are great for doing that.

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  24. I try to face my problems when they first happen so they don't get bigger. This sounds like a great book.

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  25. I don't run away...I've finally learned that God is right there with us no matter what we are going through and with HIM right next to me there is no where to run that is safer.

    truckredford at gmail dot com

    i follow the blog through email. -- it looks like a wonderful book!

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  26. Problems. Doesn't everyone have them, and even if you don't run away, most of us would like to at times. Like all of the things that need fixing in my house that I can't fix. But, running away would only bring other things to worry about. You don't live as long as I have without knowing this is not the way to handle problems. Best to just give it to God, and try not worry like He tells us to do in His word. Tho, I find it hard at times, not to worry. I am just thankful for what I have and am mostly satisfied. Would sure love to have MaryLu's book. I have been chasing it everywhere, but haven't caught it yet. :( Maybe this time. Debbie, I am a follower of yours.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  27. MaryLu, so sorry it took me so long to post here. I got all muddled around because you are EVERYWHERE!! Isn't that wonderful? I love how the word is getting out about Forsaken Dreams.
    I have found that when I run away from my problems, they only get bigger and meaner....so why try. I just need to learn to let go and let God....hugs!

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    1. I couldn't agree with her sentiments, more! I love the inertia of a book launch + a blog tour to celebrate it! Wicked sweet we're all enjoying the same experience!

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  28. You can't run away from yourself. Would love to win this new novel! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  29. Sometimes I don't run away physically but I will retreat for a while if something is very stressful. I love MaryLu's books, they take me away to some awesome places!
    I'm a follower.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  30. Run away? I sure do to my vivid imagination and my books. By the way, books are my best friends.

    I am a feedburner follower,

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Ms. Tyndall + Ms. Debbie Lynne,

    Ooh my dear stars!! You asked the very same question that I just {literally!} posted a reply too over on Ms. Eakes blog! I was engrossed in Chapter 2 of your serial story "A Vow Fulfilled", whereupon afterwards I clicked a few other entries of her blog,...came across your bookaway and wells, that led to roundabout answer to the question of "flight or fight" or stay verse leave when life becomes earth shattering difficult! I had fully intended to drop back here, but I didn't realise the question would be the same! Eek!

    Hmm... what I can relay on the same thread of thought, is that I am definitely one who hauls in for the long term, and tries to continue to see the Hope in what is yet to be. I think if the situation in the book had presented itself, I would do what I said I would have done... picked up roots, marched forward with a chin held high, and dared myself to try someplace new that enticed a fresh beginning!! Meanwhile, I do look forward to relocating but I have learnt that patience interwoven with faith, is very much a saving grace!

    Thank you for all the lovely opportunties to *win!* a copy of the book that I am starting to dream about! What is it about pirates, rogues, sea captains, and the high seas!? I read on your profile that you adore *Master & Commander* {Ms. Tyndall!} which is still an epic film that I am soo very thankful I convinced my Dad to see with me on the silver screen! ... erhm,... what I meant to say, yes, I think we could be sisters, {in reference of your reply on Chapter 1!} in the vein that living life near the sea is DEFINITELY going to be in my future! I was sort of 'hinting' at it in that comment without actually saying it! :) Cheeky smiles.

    inkand-bookaways(at)usa.net
    RSS feed subscriber/follower
    //Florida

    {ps} Ms. Tyndall, am I the only one betwixt the Captain and the Doctor!?

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  32. Lady DragonKeeperMarch 13, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Have you ever run from your problems? Yep and they often catch up to me (such as now, trying to complete an assignment due tomorrow). Don't procrastinate! =)

    Thanks for the chance to win! Marylu Tyndall's books are wonderful!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  33. Yes, I have. I'm a follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Oh yes I have run away from myself. I am so glad I am not doing that anymore. Loved this ending it was great.

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