Thursday, November 14, 2013

Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall ends November 18th

                                                     
                                                
Please welcome one of my dearest friends and also the lady responsible for me being here today, MaryLu Tyndall. MaryLu has been one of my closest friends for the past six years. She's been my encourager, cheerleader, and pray partner. I'm excited about her new release, Elusive Hope. Answer one of MaryLu's questions to be entered to win her book.


                                                  What do you find at the end of revenge? 
                                                                   By MaryLu Tyndall

Is there an end to revenge?  Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel”?  Well I guarantee there is no light at the end of the revenge tunnel.  And revenge is definitely a long dark tunnel that if you get in too deep, you suddenly find yourself trapped with only two ways to go: back out into the light or forward into more darkness. This is what my hero of Elusive Hope discovers on his journey to right the wrongs of his father.  If anyone had a right to seek justice, it was Hayden Gale. His gambling, con-man, good-for-nothing father left him and his Mom when Hayden was only two.  Back then in the 1840’s, his Mom had very few options to support herself and her son. One night after a long day working as seamstress, she wandered into the street and was run over by a passing carriage. At only ten years old, Hayden found himself an orphan struggling to survive on the streets. During those years of starvation and cold and abuse, Hayden held onto only one thought, to find his father and kill him for what he’d done.
But something insidious happened to Hayden in his quest for revenge. Soon after he entered the tunnel, he discovered that his goal became an obsession and his obsession a possession and as it grew darker and darker, so did Hayden’s soul.  His father was a con-man who spent his life swindling people out of everything they had, leaving them nothing but empty shells in the dust. And Hayden soon discovered that if he was going to find his father, he had to enter that world.
Isn’t that so true of revenge? We become so full of our own hatred that we end up becoming just like the person we hate so much. Hayden’s journey took him all over the country and finally all the way to Brazil, leaving a trail of broken lives behind him. Yet, so consumed with his need for revenge, he couldn’t see what he had become.
Elusive Hope is a story of how Hayden comes to recognize the tunnel around him and finally turns around before it’s too late, before he reaches the end where only death awaits. He has help along the way in the form of a spoiled daughter of a plantation owner—a lady with enough of her own issues and the last person on the planet anyone would think could help him. But God doesn’t normally do things the way we expect, does He? He is not only a God full of surprises but He possesses another very useful quality, a great sense of humor!
How about you? Have you ever wanted to get revenge on someone so bad it started to take over your life? How did you handle it?



In a colony named New Hope, while their friends are seeking a Southern utopia. . . .
 
Hayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly.
After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a good reputation, and vows to keep pursuing--at any cost--the vile man who he believes killed his mother.
 
Magnolia is seeking a way out. Desperately.
She’s in the jungles of Brazil against her will, but what choice does Magnolia Scott have? Her father insisted on uprooting their family to escape the uncertainty of Southern life after the Civil War. But how will she survive without all she holds dear—wealthy suitors, beautiful clothes, summer balls, and slaves waiting on her every whim? She vows to find a way to get back home—and attaches herself to handsome Hayden Gale.
 
As they journey toward Rio de Janeiro, they both seek to use the other for their own purposes. Deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans. . . .
 
More about MaryLu:
Christy Award nominee and best-selling author MaryLu Tyndall describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She has published over a dozen novels and currently lives in California with her husband.


42 comments:

  1. Sadly, I have to say yes, I have entered that tunnel of revenge. Someone hurt my son badly, and the influence this person had was insidious. She tried to drag him and our family down a deep, dark hole of deceit and lies, and was influencing her children in bad ways. I finally had to say, and keep saying, that one sin is no worse than another in God's eyes as He is HOLY, and I am not to be His judge on earth. I'm proud to say that he disassociated himself from this person, and now has his son in his custody. I actually have come to a place where I feel badly that the offender has come to this point in her own life, and I do pray for her. I can't quite bring myself to reach out to her, but God will.

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  2. Connie, I'm so sorry you've gone through this. But God bless you for being able to pray for this person! That shows wonderful character to be able to pray for someone who has wronged your family and hurt you so deeply. Thank you for sharing that with us. And good luck in the drawing.

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  3. Ahh, good old revenge. A dish we all probably would love to serve someone. I have been there - wanting it so badly against someone. It is a hard place in our heart to break that dislike out of when we have been hurt. Lots of prayer and Bible reading helped me and is still helping me. In today's world we are brainwashed to "get even" with those who hurt us. I am in the middle of this wonderful book and have learned so much myself from it!

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  4. When I was a teenager, I had a very antagonistic relationship with my older sister and I wanted bad things to happen to her. I guess that is a revenge-mindset in a way. And then when bad things did happen to her because of choices she made, I realized my thoughts were cruel and shameful. I learned it's never good to wish harm and I still regret my thoughts to this day.
    garfsgirl[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Lis. I think when people do things to hurt us it is human nature to want bad things to happen to them. It is only through Christ that we can over come that! I'm so glad that you don't feel that way anymore. Remember God has forgiven you for your thoughts if you've asked. You only need to forgive yourself. :o)

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  5. I believe God has a wonderful sense of humor. I have never doubted that. I think that is what I liked best about the interview, knowing that in many ways God is like us, after all we are made in His image.

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  6. revenge...I try so hard to let it go...sometimes it's hard...but it's so worth it because God is in control.

    thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    i'm a follower, too. and email subscriber :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Karen. And for being a follower. Good luck!

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  7. I wanna win!!! I wanna win!!! LOL Sheri Ridlington. Yah I don't know how to enter properly. I don't know what URL stands for.

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    1. LOL! I am throwing your name in the hat, Sheri! But you need to leave me your email addy in case you win so I can contact you! Good luck!

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  8. I know within my heart I'm quite capable of wanting to seek revenge on others but thankfully, so far with God's help in my life, I've not traveled that path. I've fostered bitterness and anger towards another person which in my mind is only steps away from wanting revenge. But in the end, I realized that bitterness and anger...so not worth it to be miserable in bitterness and anger!
    Mel

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Mel. You know that reminds me of the old saying, Bitterness and hatred is like drinking poison and hoping it kills your enemy. The only person it hurts is you.

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  9. No, I've never been one to want revenge, maybe justice though :) In the past, I'm the type of person that would hold grudges and unforgiveness, always having trouble letting go of anger/hurt. Then I found out that it was my emotions that were being played with and gradually God has shown me how to let go. I'll leave revenge, hate and getting even to Darth Vader....thanks for the giveaway, would love to win a copy!
    Blessings, Kara
    wman4jcATaolDOTcom

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    1. Good for you, Kara. thanks for sharing that with us. Good luck!

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  10. ~*A mirror that reveals your soul.*~ Yes, this is true. Asking forgiveness of the one who hurt me freed both of us to pray together and rest. How precious the Lord is to lead us to what is right and not keeping divisive.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  11. Hi everyone! Thanks for dropping by! It would seem most of us have trouble with revenge. I, too, had an issue with it when someone hurt my children deeply. It's so easy to fall into that dark tunnel.. But God rescued me and now I actually pray for that person and harbor no animosity for him any more. Only God could have changed my heart! Hugs!!!!

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  12. I completely concur with you. There is no light at the end of the revenge tunnel. And I agree with Mel I know that I have REALLY found myself at times to want to seek revenge, but when I was in the fourth or fifth grade my homeschool curriculum had a lesson on Jezebel. It was then that I saw that God will take care of it and revenge truly is His! I still, in my humanness, feel that tug to take it into my own hands at times, but then I hear the small voice saying God will handle it. I take a deep cleansing breathe, say a prayer, and strive to put my faith in the knowledge that God knows all the circumstances and will handle it. It's very hard though. To my knowledge I don't think I've ever taken revenge on someone. There have been times that I've wanted to and even, I'm very sad to say, thought how to do it, but all I can say is Thank you God for mercy and forgiveness!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. It's so easy to let bitterness and anger make us want to seek revenge. But the first step is not to act on it and the second is to turn it over to the Lord. I don't think you've done anything that everyone else hasn't done. But you are so right, thank goodness for God's mercy and love!

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  13. What is that quote? "Revenge is like swallowing poison, expecting the other person to die." That's really the truth.

    Yes, I also know that dark tunnel from many personal experiences of wanting to take revenge on people who hurt me deeply. But because I follow Jesus Christ, I could never ACT on my revenge...or I would be a hypocrite. Jesus didn't do that, even though He had every right to do so:

    "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him [God] who judges justly." I Peter 2:23

    However, I *did* let my mind get poisoned by those dark and horrid thoughts--which is not Christlike at all. It took a while for me to learn how to block my own thoughts and trust God to take matters in HIS hands. It was a long process for me, but now I can look back at those who damaged me deeply and only feel sorry for them. (I also see how I could have handled things more wisely).

    This book is AWESOME!!! I've read it & bought copies for my friends. So I'd like someone else to win. If you don't win--buy it. You will be captivated by the characters, the unpredictable plots, and MaryLu's wonderful writing (I felt like I was right there in the jungle--I could feel it, see it, breathe it, and had a HARD time getting out of the book!) Even better, buy Book 1 of the series, FORSAKEN DREAMS, then read ELUSIVE HOPE. :-)

    Lora D

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Lora. I had heard the same saying. And how true it is.

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    2. That is great Lora! :) I've never heard that quote before. Great one!

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  14. I have wanted revenge from time to time, but never enough that it took over my life. I can see, though, where it could consume you if you let it.
    I am a feedburner follower.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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  15. This past year while we were in Nicaragua our adult son showed a lady where we hid the house key. While he was at work she came and stole my perfumes, makeup, Bath & Body shower gels and...mine and my mom's wedding rings. I was devasted. Even now I'm sucking up tears, I know I can never replace the sentimental value and now as missionaries..I know I'll never be able to afford another one. Folks have said - it's only material, I know that, but the excitement of picking out my ring 30 years ago, every girls dream. And to not have my mom's ring of 60 years, it represented my mom! I can't say I wanted revenge though I did WISH the same would happen to the woman one day. Recently sitting in a service at the Dump Church in Reynosa, Mexico the Lord put in my heart to PRAY for that lady, for salvation. That never had entered my heart before - and now it won't leave.

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    1. missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    2. That's horrible, Melody! I'm so sorry...

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    3. Oh Melody, I am so sorry. That is heartbreaking. I will pray with you for this woman and I'll pray that she will return your rings. God Bless you, dear.

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  16. And and and...I follow your blog!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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  17. I have wanted revenge but didn't follow through. Filling myself with that kind of hate didn't hurt the other person at all but it was slowly killing me. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. Oh my goodness, Jan. I so know what you mean. It's easy to dwell on it and it just tears you up inside and suddenly you realize what it is doing to you. It's a relief when you let it go.

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  18. I have not followed through on revenge, but have been tempted. I know it is a tough place to be.
    Can't wait to ready MaryLu's book; thanks for the giveaway.
    jac75smi [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Oh I know! MaryLu's books are always a treat!

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  19. Ooops...long day....correction to my E mail.......jacsmi75 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  20. Hi everyone! Seems revenge is a common human emotion. I think it's because God put a sense of justice in our spirits. We want justice and justice is a good thing, right? God is just, but He is also merciful when people turn to him and repent. We may never see the people who have harmed us repent, but we must leave them up to God. He is their judge, not us...
    Thanks so much for coming by!

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  21. I have never tried to find revenge on someone, that i can remember

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  22. I know I've struggled with forgiveness at times, learning to let go of it is a process and not easy.
    I'm a follower and subscriber.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. No it isn't. But oh the sweetness of letting it go! Thanks for being a subscriber. Goodluck!

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  23. I don't know about what is at the end of revenge but I am guessing it is still emptiness if Christ isn't the center of your life. thanks for the chance to win..I am a follower and subscriber. truckredford(@)gmail(Dot)Com

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