Monday, April 21, 2014

The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall ends 4/28

Please welcome my very good friend, MaryLu Tyndall to my blog today! MaryLu has a fantastic new book out called The Ransom. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a follower of my blog for a second entry. And if you don't win I highly recommend that you buy the book. It is a must read! It will keep you turning the pages even when you should be cooking dinner! 

Can a woman run a business and provide for a family in Jamaica in1692? Juliana Dutton intends to find out. With an ailing father and a wastrel for a brother, she has no choice.  But she must keep her activities a secret or face destitution. When a nosey suitor threatens everything, she spurns him and instead becomes engaged to the town idiot, Lord Munthrope. But is he an idiot? The more her problems push her closer to the man, the more she realizes he is not who he seems.
Alexander Hyde, the Pirate Earl, is the most feared pirate in the Caribbean—feared, successful, wealthy, handsome, and bored, so terribly bored. When an unexpected event allows him to get close to Juliana, a woman he has loved from afar for years, he takes it. But leading a double life causes more problems than it’s worth.  A restless crew and a long-time enemy out to capture and hang Alex, put Juliana in grave danger.
As tremors rock the city of Port Royal, Juliana’s faith in God is equally shaken. Not only have things gotten worse, but she is confused by her feelings for both Munthrope and the Pirate Earl. Deception, intrigue, mutiny, death, betrayal, all attempt to tear the lovers apart. But the final blow comes when a massive earthquake strikes the city and threatens to sink it into the sea.
It’s been awhile since her last pirate tale, and this voyage far surpasses the adventure, romance, and spiritual journeys in the previous titles of this series. She paints her characters with such vividness and detail that they come to life, pulling readers into the midst of their lives so we walk beside them through all the dark intrigue and dazzling gaiety. And when the inevitable occurs, we experience their terror, suffering, and salvation. The Ransom is a journey not soon forgotten and one we never want to end.
Cindy Vallar - editor Pirates and Privateers

Best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. With more than fourteen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, and several stray cats on the California coast.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Time Traveling plus Choice of Laurie Alice Eakes books ends 4/22

Please welcome my very good friend and talented writer, Laurie Alice Eakes to my blog this week. Laurie Alice is giving away a choice of one of her books to a lucky winner who carefully reads her blog post and answers her question correctly.
Traveling Through Time

It’s a fascinating concept--time travel. I don’t think it will ever happen in our lifetime--or ever, and yet, as a writer of historical fiction, i sometimes feel as though that’s how i spend my days--jumping from era, to era, place to place. Nothing has borne in on that as profoundly as this past year when I wrote three books that wer each in a different location and different time place.

Some writers stick to one time period and a general location. Not me. I havea broad knowledge of history and like to employ tidbids I have picked up in my travels--er--readings. These pasteighteen months or so have brought that home more than ever. 

First of all, I spent a couple of weeks writing a novella set on the Hudson River in 1825. For days, while living in a subtropical climate, where I
wore shorts, tanktop, and flipflops on  December 18, I was trying to make myself shiver aboard an early and thus primitive steamboat chugging northwest to reach the opening of the Eerie Canal in time for my beleaguered hero and heroine. What could a riverboat captain and an English lady running for her life have in common? Their determination and courage--stubbornness--were only the beginning of “Moonlight Promise” in Sincerely yours (Revell, April 2014).
 sooner did I land in another city here in the 21st century--and a marginally cooler climate--but the year changed and I had to get to work on another novel. 
This one carried me back to 1811 and across the Atlantic Ocean to Cornwall, that westernmost point of England with its dangerous cliffs and cves perfect for smugglers. As Elizabeth ran for her life and met up with a mysterious stranger, someone committed murder off stage and launched us into danger and intrigue, romance and awakening.
Yes, I said ‘us’. 
After all, wherever my characters go, I must go also. I like to think I am creating them and manipulating their movements, thoughts, and dialogue, and I’m not wholly convinced they aren’t manipulating me. Elizabeth and Rowan, the hero and heroine of A Lady’s Honor (Zzondervan, April 22, 2014), certainly did.

after that wild ride through the Cornish countryside, I finished another manuscript. This was nearly on my home turf, being set in Michigan, only over a hundred years before my birth. I grew up perhaps a hundred miles from Hillsdale, Michigan and had certainly heard of it, but I didn’t know anything deeply about the college untilresearching the background for The Professor’s Heart. But that was last years book, and I’m discussing this year’s new releases.

Finally for 2013, I found myself, for the very first time, in the twentieth century--well, I was born in the 20th century, so maybe I should say I found myself back in the 20th century, only decades before my birth and a couple thousand miles from my home. In other words, I landed in 1900 Tuxedo Park, New York. For the weeks I spent writing this wholly unexpected novel, I
played amidst the rich and infamous of New York society. My heroine had been doing some traveling of her own. She came home from England after a disastrous marriage to an English earl, only to learn she is accused of stealing jewels from her husband’s family. After I extracted  Catherine VanDorn from  her troubles and got her happily remarried in The Honorable Heir, I managed to do some traveling in the 21st century for my personal reasons and in one of my favorite places--the mountains of Virginia in the autumn.

Another new year has me back across the Atlantic in Cornwall, but that is next year’s book, and I’m trying to remain slightly anchored in 2014 Texas where I’m not trying to write a manuscript by hand.

Traveling Through Time
Whichever one of you  can list the titles of the books I mention in this article as new releases this year, you will be in a drawing for your choice of one of those books in e-book internationally, as well as the U.S., and only the contiguous 48 United States if you want a paperback version.
"Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top," writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author. To date, she has sixteen books in print with five more under contract for release over the next two years. Eight of her books have been published in large print editions, one as a Crossings Bookclub hardcover edition, and one book has been put into Braille.
A graduate of Asbury University with a degree in English and French, and Seton Hill University, with a masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction, she also writes articles in writers publications, teaches writing workshops, and gives inspirational talks.
She lives in Texas with her husband, dogs, and cats. She enjoys long walks, all too rare rainy days, and knitting—rather badly—while watching movies or listening to music.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings ends 4/14

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I’m in the living room wearing some comfy pants and a sweatshirt. They might pass for pajamas if you wanted them to.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
That no one bothered to record the clothes and mannerisms of common people. There are books and books and books written about how the super rich dressed and lived, but few people documented the wardrobe and activities of the cooks and footmen who served them.

What is something that very few people know about you?
I live in an area of the country that gets 200 inches of snow—on a NORMAL year. Winters like the one we’ve just had are extra interesting. We’ve got over 4 feet of packed snow on the ground right now.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) Bible. Computer. Kindle. In that order.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future, when and where would that be and why? I’d pick to live just after the Revolutionary War. I’m not sure I’d actually want to live through a war where houses and lands were burned and loved ones killed, but I’d enjoy seeing the United States lay it’s foundations of government and pull itself away from the tyranny of England. That would be a very exciting part of history to experience first hand.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
The Tired Mommy Who Works Endlessly

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)? Oh this is a sad one. When I was in high school, I knew one of my friend’s parents were getting a divorce, but his dad was being a really big jerk and didn’t want anyone to know.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Ha! I’m not allowed to tell. Seriously. It wouldn’t exactly be appropriate for the audience. But it was fun. And crazy.

The Soldier’s Secrets:
Divided Loyalties 
Brigitte Dubois will do anything to keep her family safe. When she is blackmailed by her father-in-law, his quest for revenge leaves her no choice. To protect her children, she must spy on the man who may have killed her husband. But Jean Paul Belanger is nothing like she expected. The dark, imposing farmer offers food to all who need it, and insists on helping Brigitte and her children. 
Everything Jean Paul did was in the name of liberty. Even so, he can never forgive himself for his actions during France's revolution. Now a proud auburn-haired woman has come to his home seeking work and has found her way into his reclusive heart. But when she uncovers the truth, his past could drive them apart….


A mother of two young boys, Naomi Rawlings spends her days picking up, cleaning, playing and, of course, writing. Her husband pastors a small church in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, where her family shares its ten wooded acres with black bears, wolves, coyotes, deer and bald eagles. Naomi and her family live only three miles from Lake Superior, where the scenery is beautiful and they average 200 inches of snow per winter. To learn more about Naomi and her novels, visit her website at You can also find her on Facebook at