Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Giveaway for MaryLu Tyndall's SURRENDER THE NIGHT

I'd like to welcome my very good friend, MaryLu Tyndall, to my blog this week.

Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for her latest book, Surrender the Night. Another fabulous book by MaryLu. She never disappoints.

Surrender to Destiny in Baltimore

There’s nothing quite like being able to visit the place where my stories take place, even if it is over 200 years later. (My kingdom for a time machine!) So, of course I was thrilled to be able to spend some time in Baltimore last year researching my latest trilogy, Surrender to Destiny. Yet, even though much has changed in Baltimore since 1812, just being there gave me a “feel” for the city. Did you know every city has a definite spirit about it? I’ve been to enough places to notice that odd fact. Perhaps it’s spiritual, perhaps it’s simply the product of generations of people making their mark, but Baltimore has a unique feel to it—a spirit of courage, tenacity, and innovation. Listen to the remarks of American Captain Coggeshall regarding Baltimore: “The whole venom of the modern Goths seemed concentrated against the Baltimoreans, for no other reason but that they had too much spirit to submit to insult and tyrannical oppression.. . .In making these remarks in praise of Baltimore I do not mean to disparage the noble patriotism of many other cities of our glorious union; but I do mean to say that if the same spirit that fired the hearts and souls of the Baltimoreans had evinced itself throughout our entire country it would have saved every American heart much pain and mortification, and would, in my opinion, have shortened the war.”

Awesome, huh? So you can see why I fell in love with the city! Even if you aren’t familiar with the war’s history, you have by now surmised that Baltimore became a huge thorn in the side of the British. The city sent out more privateers than any other port and defended their city complete alone against an attack by the entire British fleet!

While I was there, I visited the home and museum of Mary Pickersgill, who made the enormous flag (30 by 42 foot ) that flew over Fort McHenry. I also spent a day at the Maryland Historical Museum where I saw the original paper upon which Francis Scott Key scribbled our National Anthem as he watched the British bomb Fort McHenry. Then my love of tall ships forced me to spend an entire afternoon on board The USS Constellation docked in the Harbor. Although this ship was not the original one that fought in the war, I had a blast exploring every inch, nook and cranny. I stayed far too long, apparently, since one of the crew asked me if I was ill because I’d been on board for so long!

Surrender to Destiny is a trilogy set in this wonderful city of Baltimore. Each book tells the story of a young lady who against her wishes, gets caught up in the middle of the war and in the process finds not only love, but a destiny that could change the course of the war and history forever. In the first book, Surrender the Heart, Marianne Denton follows her estranged fiancé, Noah, onto his merchant ship, gets trapped aboard, and ends up in the middle of the Atlantic. In an effort to force her fiancé to take her home, she ends up sabotaging his ship and getting them all caught by the British. Forced to join the Royal Navy, Marianne and Noah must face their darkest fears as they desperately try to find a way to escape and fulfill their destinies.

In my newest release, Surrender the Night, the hero, Lieutenant Alexander Reed, a British naval officer rescues the heroine, Rose McGuire, an American farm girl from a vicious attack by another British officer. He is shot in the process and Rose is forced to care for a man whose countrymen murdered her parents. Alex Reed is being aided and abetted by his enemy—albeit an innocent and attractive one. But he might be doing Rose more harm than good if his presence on her farm is discovered. As their love blooms, trouble looms. Will this couple survive another British invasion?

To order: http://www.amazon.com/Surrender-Night-Destiny-MaryLu-Tyndall/dp/1602601666/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1299543123&sr=1-1

My website: http://www.marylutyndall.com

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  1. I visited a friend who use to live in Baltimore. It's an interesting town. The row houses are very different from anything we have here in OK. I enjoyed the big farmer's market they had--don't know if it's still there.

    I'm really enjoying Surrender the Night, Marylu. I don't want to put it aside to even do my own writing, but alas I must. When I grow up, I want to write like you.

  2. I hope to be able to read Surrender the Night soon! If I have time!


  3. Beautiful cover. Love the idea of enemies falling for each other.

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  4. I just finished Surrender the Heart last week, so I'd love to win the next book and find out what happens with Lt. Reed. I just KNEW he was hero material...

    Thanks Debbie! MaryLu, you are one of my very favorite authors and I loved Marianne's story. As usual!

    debraemarvin (at) yahoo

  5. Hey MaryLou and Debbie Lynne. Thanks for sharing that information about Baltimore. I'm hoping to be able to read the series soon. I know so little about the war of 1812, and these stories seem so interesting.

  6. My ancestors lived in Prince George's and Charles County during the war... no doubt were disturbed by the British troops marching on Washington just a few miles away (My kingdom for a time machine!).
    Love to earn a copy of the book!


  7. MaryLu, first of all, lovely picture, and second, I am loving this book. I am about 1/4 to being finished, and I am engrossed. Love your heroine--she is complex and troubled but good. And of course, your conflicted hero--my preferred brand of swoon. :) This is a book not to be missed.

  8. MaryLu here.. just dropping in to thank Debbie Lynne for having me as her guest (especially when she's on vacation!) She's such a doll. I met her in person out here in Sacramento and we had a great time spending a couple of hours together. Anyway, thank you all for your comments! Just ignore Vickie. She writes beautifully! I'm just about to dive into her new release, Finally a Bride.
    Anyway, the War of 1812 is one of the most fascinating wars! The audacity of those Brits!! But God was on our side. I agree, Bill.. what I wouldn't give for a time machine. :-)
    God Bless you all!

  9. Great review, I look forward to reading this one!



  10. This is truly a wonderful book. MaryLu has a gift for taking readers on the grandest adventures. Louise M. Gouge

  11. I can just see how much you would have enjoyed that trip. So great to actually see the real thing up close. Blessings on the new book. I've loved all your others.

  12. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! What fabulous work you have done with it (I can tell already).
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. I love your books! They are amazing. I own 3 and hope to own the rest. You are a talented writer and are in my top authors.I would love to win this book.


  14. Thank you for all your sweet comments!! I really appreciate it. I just finished the third book in this trilogy and I think I liked it the best. That book, Surrender the Dawn, releases in August.. so not too far away. The storyline revolves around the British attack on Fort McHenry where they fired cannons and rockets at it for over 24 hours. Francis Scott Key watched from a ship, fearing the fort would fall. When it didn't he wrote our national anthem. I got to see the original document with his corrections and everything in the museum in Baltimore. Very cool

  15. Loved Surrender the Heart and looking forward to reading Surrender the Night. Thanks for the great post MaryLu and Debbie Lynne!

  16. I LOVED the first book and this one sounds just as good. I used to live in that area - had my two boys there. :o) It brings back a lot of memories. I am really excited about this book. Thank you for the chance to win it.

    leesmithwriting at yahoo dot com

  17. Sounds very interesting...would love to win a copy to read!

  18. Please enter me!!


  19. Oh oh oh! Please count me in for this giveaway! I was able to read a few pages of this book in a bookstore the other day, and it left me LONGING for more! I'm a follower of your blog and I'd love to win!

    ~ Katy

  20. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!!!!!!
    It sounds like a great read!
    Many Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

  21. thanks for the chance to read this novel...

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  22. Lady DragonKeeperApril 3, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Wow, this sounds like a great series --not too many books set in during the War of 1812. I also love the book covers. They're so beautiful! Mrs. Tyndall, I was wondering how much (if any) input you have had in the book cover design process ... I know it can be different for every author.

    Thank you for the chance to win!


    (P.S. - Sent by Carman)

  23. I'd love a chance to win this book! Now I want to read the whole trilogy. Historical fiction is my favorite!

    Mary Ann :)

  24. Ohhh, I want to read this!

    leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

  25. this looks like an amazing book! thanks ssmith10101 at gmail

  26. Interesting to hear MaryLu's perspective of Baltimore. I live just about 45 minutes northwest. I was on that very ship she speaks of there in the harbor. Next to it there used to be, and probably still is a submarine with a shark's face on it. My son, who was a boyscout at the time, got to spend the night on it. What a hoot!

  27. Would enjoy readig this book. I know it will be great !


  28. This is on my list to read...just don't have it yet...sounds like an awesome read

  29. This trilogy is on my to-be-read list. They look beautiful, can't wait to read them :)


    P.S. Carmen sent me!

  30. Thanks everyone for all your kind comments and your interest in reading this series. :-) To answer Lady Dragonkeeper's question (Love the name, by the way!) I don't have much say at all in the cover design. My publisher asks me some questions about what the heroine looks like and the mood I want to convey. I'm allowed to submit a couple of pictures but all in all, they do what they want! I do adore this series' covers! I think they did a fabulous job. Some of my other covers.. well... what can I say? LOL.
    God Bless you all!

  31. OOH! I've wanted to read this one for a while now! PLEASE enter me! ;)


  32. Would love to win this book!

    atouchofheaven2010 at gmail dot com

  33. thank you for the chance!
    junegirl26 at hotmail dot com

  34. Book sounds great. Carmen sent me.

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

  35. This sounds like a great book. I'd love to read it.