These Are A Few Of My Favorite…Books (March Giveaway)

With the publication of my new book, Freedom In Philadelphia, growing closer I am going to be merging my March and April giveaways together. I decided upon a giveaway that I think will be rather popular.  

Books! I love the escape that comes with plunging into a new plot, becoming acquainted with new characters, then heading out into the great unknown on a grand adventure. My husband tells me that there is no use in talking to me when I’m reading because I inhale the stories and do not exhale until I reach the end. Which is true. When deciding upon my giveaway for March/April I thought it must be books! So here is what I will be giving away:

A pair of these wonderful bookends that can tell their own story. 

3 of my Favorite Novels!

Here is the fun part. The winner gets to choose the category that they would like to win from. The categories to choose from are:

Christian Fiction (All newer releases)

Historical Fiction

Paranormal/Fantasy/SciFi (They could be any one of these or all three)


I will list the titles of the books in each category the beginning of March. 

Until then you can go to my website and enter the current giveaway that ends March 1. 



Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall Coming March 1, 2013

Check out Forsaken Dreams, book one in the exciting new Escape to Paradise fiction series by MaryLu Tyndall!

Embark on a seafaring adventure as a disillusioned colonel and a hopeful widow seek a fresh start on the shores of Brazil. Colonel Grant Wallace cannot leave his once precious Southern homeland fast enough. After witnessing the death and destruction of the Civil War, he charters a ship and sets sail for the pristine shores of Brazil, eager to start afresh in a new land. Widow Eliza Crawford boards the ship NewHope harboring a dirty secret and a blossoming hope within her heart for a new life away from old memories. But once at sea, troubles abound. Will Grant overcome his demons of bitterness and rage? Can Eliza find the peace she longs for?

ISBN 978-1-61626-596-0


5.5″ x 8.375″ / 320 pages / Paperback

Get to Know the Author!

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist, and best-selling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open people’s eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

Author Q & A:

1. How would you describe your new series Escape to Paradise?

An adventurous, romantic tale about a group of Confederates, wounded in both body and soul, who flee the destruction of the South after the Civil War for greener pastures in Brazil, but who find much more than they bargained for, both on the trip there and once they arrive.

2. What inspired the storyline for your new series?

History. Nearly three million Southerners migrated from the devastation of the South following the Civil War. Close to twenty thousand of them went to Brazil where the Emperor welcomed them with open arms, the farm land was plentiful, and the temperate climate mimicked their own weather back home. Though most ended up returning home, several thousand remained, and their descendants still live there today. Their struggles to create a new Southern Utopia in the heart of Brazil make for a fascinating story!

3. How is this series different from your previous series?

Escape to Paradise is like nothing I’ve ever written before. The six main characters, the hero and heroine in each book, have a huge presence in each of the three books, so by the end of the series, the reader will know them all really well, as well as several of the secondary characters. Secondly, and more importantly, this series contains a lot of supernatural elements—curses, angels, visions, demonic battles—which I have not put in any of my other books.

4. What type of research did you have to do for Forsaken Dreams? 

Surprisingly, not much has been written about this particular historic event. I did find a couple of great books on Amazon. I was also able to locate some original source material, which is a researcher’s dream: three journals written by actual Confederates who traveled to Brazil. Then of course I studied the flora, fauna, cuisine, customs, religion, climate, topography, and history of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. I tried to talk my  husband into funding a trip to Rio (For purely research purposes, of course) but he wasn’t buying it!  I also studied the Civil War, clothing and customs of the time period, and, in particular, of the South.

5. What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Forsaken Dreams?

There is a city in Brazil called Americana, which was founded by migrant confederates in the late 19th century.  To this day, the inhabitants still speak a mixture of English and Portuguese and celebrate American holidays by playing “Dixie”, while some of the local women dress in big-bustled skirts for dancing.  President Carter visited the city in 1972, after discovering its little known history, and he was reportedly brought to tears by the American influences he found there.

6. What surprises do your fans have to look forward to in your new series?

An exotic locale, powerful secrets held by each character, a strong spiritual theme that runs through all three books, cannibals, evil temples, visions, angels, demons, prophecies, and a supernatural battle. Doesn’t sound like romance novels, does it? Yet, readers can still expect to find all the adventure and romance they normally enjoy from one of my books.

7. Do you have a favorite character Forsaken Dreams? Why?

Yes. The heroine, Eliza Crawford. She’s all the things so many of us want to be: Strong, Independent, Smart, Caring, Selfless. But she has a fatal flaw—one which I can relate to very much, and one I’m hoping others will relate to as well. She wants to live life on her own terms. She wants to do things her way and follow her own heart and will. She doesn’t want to be told what to do by anyone, especially God. Consequently, she disobeyed her father and ran off to marry a man who was all wrong for her, an action that cost her and others dearly. Still, she struggles with an independent spirit that refuses to submit to God, even when she knows His will is best.  Sound familiar? It does to me!

8. What message would you like your readers to take from reading Forsaken Dreams?  

There are several messages woven into Forsaken Dreams. Forgiveness, letting go of bitterness, running away from God, but I would say the main message is that submission to God and His will is the only thing that brings true happiness.

9. Most of your stories revolve around swashbuckling pirates and sea captains.  What draws you to write about them?

Actually I only have one pirate series, but a good majority of my books have several scenes set at sea. Ever since I was a child growing up on the shores of South Florida, I have loved the sea and especially the tall ships of old. To me, there’s something very romantic and adventurous about those magnificent sailing ships and the men and women who journeyed on them in search of new lands.

10, What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

Meeting deadlines! I never feel like I can take a break and just relax when there’s a deadline shouting at me from my computer.  Other challenges come in the form of negative reviews and harsh comments, most of which I’ve learned over the years to ignore.  However, the occasional one slips through and stabs my heart. Then there’s the marketing aspect of being an author, which is most definitely my weakest skill. I’ve never been very good at selling myself, or in fact, selling anything, to anyone.  

11. What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

The writing! Coming up with new stories and settings, and especially great characters. But my favorite part is putting those characters into impossible situations that I would never survive personally, but ones in which they must survive!  Those hours I spend at my computer with my head and my heart in a distant land, living life through my characters, are the happiest moments of my day. What a great job I have!! I get to live in a fantasy world of my own making. God is good!

12. What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?

American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. However I receive most of the help I need from other writers who I’ve grown close to over the years. It’s so wonderful to have an online support group of people who understand what I’m going through and who can offer suggestions and help and who can lift me up in prayer when needed.

13. What new projects are on the horizon?

Forsaken Dreams is the first in a trilogy entitled Escape to Paradise, so I’m currently working on the last two books in the series. After that, I’ll be in God’s good favor as to what He wants me to write next. 

14. What was your favorite book as a child?

Can I have three?  The Last of the Mohicans,  The Count of Monte Cristo, and Pride and Prejudice.

15. What is your greatest achievement?

My children. Although I really can’t take credit for them turning out as well as they have. That was God. But they are my life and my true loves, and I can’t imagine my world without them.

16. What do you do to get away from it all?

Go to the beach. Although it’s not as warm here in California as it was in Florida where I grew up, I love sitting in the sand and gazing out over the foamy waves and smelling the salty air and feeling the wind on my face. It makes me realize how big God is and how small I am, yet how much He truly loves me.

17. And, finally, where can your readers find you online?

You can sign up for my e-newsletter on my website at, and my blog is where I post all sorts of things from book giveaways and book information to articles and devotional thoughts. I have a Facebook group called MaryLu Tyndall Swashbuckling Romance, and I’m on Twitter: @MaryLuTyndall. Hope to connect with you all!

Check out MaryLu’s blog Every Friday in February to learn more about Forsaken Dreams and comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!”

Also, Go to to enter for a chance to win a copy of Forsaken Dreams And a Beaded Cuff Bracelet.


By mommyauthor

First New Blog Post

Hello Friends and thanks for checking out my new website! This past year has been a whirlwind of adventure and excitement. I had a baby (on my couch), finished 3 manuscripts and traveled all over the east coast doing research for my 6 book series. 
When I was thinking about what I wanted my first blog post to be about I remembered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and thought here is something I must blog about. Last year at the end of October I thought about participating in NaNoWriMo…for about a minute but at the time I was 23 days late with my little bundle of joy and I was too tired to put two thoughts together let along write a novel in 30 days. But this year I knew that here is something I want to accomplish. Writers from all over the world participate in this novel experience (pun intended). The goal is to write a novel consisting of at least 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. As you cannot (or should not) use previously written work I decided to write the 3rd book in my upcoming spy series. This means that the first 3 books of my series will be released consecutively, followed a short time later by the final 3. The series is called Phantoms for Freedom and you can find out more about the series on my books page on my website. 

A whole lot of people go into November having no idea what they want to write about, some only have characters or a plot but no idea how to accomplish that idea and that works for them. As they begin writing the ideas start flowing and many will achieve the winner stamp reaching the 50,000 word count. For me, I like to plan, I’ve always been a planner which worked well during my years as a wedding and party planner but what it means for novels is that I spend time, usually weeks but this time just 1 week due to just finishing a different story, writing out character boards that have pictures of characters, descriptions, quirks, faults, strong points and the results from their personality profiles (I do a personality profile on all of my main characters). I am a visual person so I keep all of my character boards on my wall of plot (wall against my desk where I can look at it every day and put up sticky boards with pictures and descriptions). After character development I write out my outline, also posted on the wall of plot, which consists of Chapters and bullet points which are a general idea of what happens in each chapter. Then I put out all of my research books where I can see them along with any props that I have for those books, i.e. poison ring, pocket pistol, dagger pistol, black box of secrets. I also post up encouraging pictures or words that motivate me to keep going when I want to quit because let’s face it, we all have those days, but when we choose to push past those feelings and keep moving forward we are made stronger and usually even better ideas stem from our perseverance. 

It is day 20 and on day 15 I reached the 50k work mark and ended the day with 50,480 words. Today I am at 64,595 and I still have 6 chapters to write before I finish this story. For me I think this has gone so well because I had been waiting nearly 3 years to write this story and once I sat down and started writing most of the story fell into place. Some days I would sit down and nothing would come. When that happens I always go and talk to my husband, who knows my stories nearly as well as I do, and he lets me vent, plot, plan or sometimes yell and then he calmly says, “Are you through? Good. Here is what you should do…”  

My writing times are always scattered. I usually had only 4 hours a day to write and sometimes 6 on the weekends, whatever my wonderful husband could spare. He watched the kids while I typed until my fingers hurt. He says that he is sure he saw steam coming off the top of my head on a few occasions when I had finished for the day. 

For those of you who are reading this and are participating in NaNoWriMo I salute you. Your word count, whether it is 5k or 50k, is an achievement and you should feel extremely proud of what you have achieved. Keep Moving Forward.


By mommyauthor