Friday, July 27, 2012

Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall Ends July 30th

We are playing guess what the character said next! Love this game!! MaryLu has posted two situations and given you 4 possible responses. You leave a comment with what you think the response is and get entered to win her book!

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 Veil of Pearls. 

Don't forget it's not to late to enter any of this weeks giveaways just go to the post and leave a comment.

Today's Giveaway--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?
Situation Setup:  Cassandra is a strong-headed, independent woman who is trying to find a way to support her family in a man’s world. Turned down by privateers looking for investors, she is making her way home when she is attacked by robbers. Luke Heaton, the town rogue, rescued her in an impressive fight during which Cassandra managed to strike one of the men over the head with a brick. Luke is escorting her home now, but she’s trying to avoid him due to his reputation.

Mr. Heaton scratched the stubble on his chin. “I was aware of the proceedings at the coffee shop tonight, miss. I would have been there myself looking for investors if I’d thought anyone in town would take a chance on me as captain.” Sorrow weighed his voice.

Cassandra took in this news and allowed it to stir excitement within her. If only for a moment. But no. Even if he would take her money, Mr. Heaton was not a man to be trusted. She clutched her reticule and started on her way.

Clearing his throat, he walked beside her. “You have nothing to fear from me, Miss Channing. I am no thief. A gambler, perhaps, even a libertine, but no thief.” He stumbled, but quickly leveled his steps.

Cassandra shook her head. How on earth had he managed to wield his sword so skillfully in his condition? She stopped and faced him. “You are drunk, sir.”

“Ah, yes.” He gave her a rakish grin. “How could I forget? Apparently, I’m also a sot.”

Cassandra searched for a glimpse of his eyes in the darkness, but the shadows denied her. How could he joke about such a disgusting habit?

“Wondering how I managed to fend off three men?” Luke asked.

       A. Her heart fluttered. "Indeed, it was quite impressive."
B. “Two.” She lifted her chin. “I took care of one of them.”
C. "No. I wonder why you bothered at all."
D. "I've already thanked you for your trouble. Now, I must be on my way."

Situation Setup:  Adalia Winston is of common birth (and an ex-slave, but no one knows that yet) and she has fallen in love with the spoiled son of a wealthy plantation owner. Morgan escorted her to his family’s summer party in the hopes of announcing his and Adalia’s engagement, but when he told his father, the man told Morgan he would disown him if he married Adalia. Morgan didn’t respond. Adalia overheard the discussion and now is leaving the party.  She never truly believed their two worlds could mix. She is a brave, independent woman.

Weaving around a newly arrived phaeton, she headed down the driveway, ignoring the stares that followed her. No doubt the elite were anxious for their daily entertainment from the lowly maid who’d forced her way into their formidable circles.
Boot steps pounded behind her. She hastened her pace.
“Adalia. Please stop.”
“Go back to your party, Morgan.”
“Adalia.” Gripping her arm, he swung her about.
Gone was the charming smile that always graced his lips. In its stead a mixture of panic and remorse thundered across his face. “I’m sorry you had to hear that.”
“No more than I.”  She tugged from him. “Now, if you please.”
“Do you intend to walk all the way back to Charleston?”
“If I have to.”
He caught up to her. “You don’t. Allow me to call for my carriage.” He blocked her path.   “I’ll explain everything on the way back.”
“I’d rather walk than share a carriage with you.” She skirted around him.
“Please Adalia.” He clutched her arm again, then led her to the side of the drive beneath an elm tree. He took her gloved hand and caressed her fingers. She wanted to pull away, to slap him for hurting her, but she couldn’t find the strength. This might be the last time she felt his touch. The last time she watched the wind tease the tips of his ashen hair, loosening a strand over his cheek like it always did. The last time his spicy, masculine scent filled her nose.
 “I’m sorry for my father’s cruel opinions,” he said, still holding her hand.

So what does Adalia say next?

A.    Her anger returned. “It was not his opinions that upset me. But your lack of them.”
B.     “Truly?” She breathed a sigh of relief. “Let’s put the incident behind us then, shall we?”
C.     “I will forgive him when he apologizes.”
D.    She began to sob. “Now, what is to become of us, Morgan?”

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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  1. B. “Two.” She lifted her chin. “I took care of one of them.”

    That's funny!

  2. A. Her anger returned. “It was not his opinions that upset me. But your lack of them.”


  3. I want it to be B and A like Cheryl

  4. I agree with the others, B and A.
    Courtney Smith

  5. Happy Friday Everyone! Thanks for playing the game!! I love guessing what characters will say... plus it gives a small taste of the author's writing. Which in this case is me, so it isn't as much fun cause I know the answers. LOL. Anyway great guesses!

  6. My first thought is A, and then I wondered if she didn't say all of them.

    1. The funny thing is because MaryLu wrote the answers they are still all her style!

  7. B and A

    1. Hey Teddy, good to have you here again! I see you are with the majority!

  8. I like the "B" and "A" answers too! Great excerpts!


    1. Hey Gwendolyn, Thanks for coming by! They are great excerpts aren't they. But then she couldn't have picked a bad one cause there are none. :o)

  9. Replies
    1. Ahhh a non-conformist. LOL! Now I actually remember that scene in the first scenario so I know the answer. Of course I'm not going to tell if everyone is right or not.

  10. Thanks everyone! Glad you're enjoying these! What Debbie Lynne said made me laugh. Yes, I did write all the choices.. so they all may sound like the character!! LOL But only one is the correct one. :-)

  11. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I have this book on my list to read. I am a follower

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  12. I think it is B and A.

    Sounds like a great read!


  13. Hey Judy, thanks for coming by and for being a follower!

  14. I have to be different, I chose C for the first but I do go with A for the second. I do love this game, thanks. God bless you.

    Glenda Parker

  15. Hey Glenda! I do know the answer...but I can't tell. heehee. Thanks for playing and stop back by to find out what the answer is!

  16. What fun! I've already read both of those so I won't guess :) Good luck to everyone! :D

  17. Thanks everyone for playing the game!! It's around 7 here in California and it's been a long day.. getting ready for my traditional bubble bath and mindless TV shows that help me relax. Sorry if that's TMI but I wanted to express my thanks to all of you for dropping in. I wish you all could win a copy of Veil of Pearls!

  18. Me too! I think it's B & A also.

    I am a follower. Would love to win this book.

  19. Hmm, I'm not the best guesser, but I choose B & C.

    I can't wait to read this book :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

    I follow by feedburner

  20. I say B and A. She did hit one of them over the head and in the latter case, he didnt say anything to his father.

  21. I would say B and A, respectively.

    ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com